Former national player and current Meralco Bolt Ranidel de Ocampo thinks this is the best Gilas Pilipinas team ever thanks to the abundance of talent available to coach Yeng Guiao.
The 36-year-old De Ocampo said the PBA's decision to make their star players available for the national team is a step in the right direction.
De Ocampo was part of the Gilas squad that took home the silver medal in the 2013 FIBA-Asia men's championships in Manila. Although the national team lost to Iran in the finals, Gilas' semifinal win over rival South Korea sealed the Philippines' return to the FIBA World Cup after a 40-year absence.
De Ocampo said the current Gilas team is bound for greater glory.
"I believe it's time for our national team to win the gold in FIBA Asia or even in the Asian Games, especially now that players from different PBA teams are now allowed to play for the national team," Ocampo said.
Including Ateneo Blue Eaglet Kai Sotto in the pool brings additional height to a frontcourt that already includes June Mar Fajardo and Greg Slaughter.
"With the inclusion of a 7-foot-1 player in Kai Sotto, he will surely provide presence and height for the team," Ocampo said. "So I expect the Filipino fans to really follow the path that the Philippines will be taking."
Guiao is scheduled to meet with the PBA board of governors next Tuesday to discuss his program and discuss the 20-man national pool.
Gilas Pilipinas will be preparing for the fifth window of the FIBA World Cup Asian qualifiers. Gilas will host Kazakhstan on Nov. 30 and Iran on Dec. 3, both at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay.