The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas and Chooks-to-Go began their 3x3 basketball campaign in Gapan, Nueva Ecija, Thursday morning.
Led by coach Mark Solano, Kobe Paras, and David Carlos, a tryout and a pocket tournament was organized for the hopefuls who want to crack the National 3x3 Basketball Team.
"I'm pretty sure we'll find a diamond in the rough. Pretty sure," said SBP's 3x3 program director Mark Solano.
A total of 48 players turned out for the tryout. They were divided to 12 teams in the all-day event. Of course, all the players were registered to FIBA's Play app that will help accumulate ranking points for the Philippines.
"It fills our heart to see the support from residents of Gapan," expressed Bounty Agro Ventures Inc. president Ronald Mascariñas. "Full support from local government headed by Mayor Emeng Pascual. Hope this continues as we scour the country for the top 3x3 talent we have."
Chooks-to-Go ambassador Kobe Paras and pro dunk artist David Carlos also put on a show with their acrobatic jams while giving a pep talk to the hopefuls.
"I think the country's been struggling with finding the right players at the right time, because as you can see there are a lot of players that can't join specific tournaments because of excuses," Paras said about Chooks-to-Go's goal of forming a full-time national team.
"This is great not just for me but for other athletes because me, when I was young, I was given a lot of opportunities in the game of basketball. So this is a great thing that Chooks-to-Go is doing because it gives opportunities for a lot of Filipinos," the 20-year-old furthered.
The SBP and Chooks-to-Go will continue to hold tryouts until October before completing a pool that will compose of Paras and seven other players.