Jayson Castro said he will not be a part of the Gilas Pilipinas team that competes in the FIBA World Cup in August.
He has also hinted that he might done competing on the international stage this time and said he believed it was time for the next generation of point guards to take over.
Here are three young guards who could step into Castro's shoes for Gilas Pilipinas:
It's been a while since Jalalon was able suit up for the Philippines as he was suspended for his part in last summer's brawl with Australia.
In the 2019 PBA Commissioner's Cup, he's averaging 10.3 points, 5.3 rebounds, 3.8 assists, and 2.5 steals per contest. He's a definite game changer primarily because of his sheer hard work on the defensive end. Forming his tag-team with Mark Barroca might not be a bad idea for Gilas to capitalize on their speed advantage against their bigger foes.
Jalalon's athleticism allows him to compete for rebounds against much bigger players and he times steals very well. Although his outside shooting is not as reliable as Castro's, Jalalon has the motor to play better one-on-one defense. If Jalalon returns to the Gilas pool he'd now be bringing the confidence and experience of winning the Governors' Cup last season.
Bolick is having a Commissioner's Cup to remember. He trended on Twitter during NorthPort's last game against the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters as he drained a 3-point shot that sent the game into overtime after his team was down by as much as 25 points in the third quarter.
Bolick can knock down shots or set-up teammates, and has a nose for winning. He's currently averaging a team-best 17.3 points per game for NorthPort while adding 5.4 rebounds and 4.4 assists. He is shooting an impressive 51 percent from the field. Bolick has this big-game mentality that gives him the confidence to take over in the end game, something Castro did regularly for Gilas before.
He may not be a pure point guard but Nambatac could be an interesting addition to the Gilas Pilipinas pool. He has a lot of speed and is a deadly open court player. Although it's unlikely that a player like Nambatac would make it to the Final 12, he could gain a lot of experience simply by joining the pool and practicing with the other Gilas members.
Nambatac is the leading local scorer for Rain or Shine, averaging 12.2 points and 2.8 rebounds per game. He's shooting a whopping 64 percent from the field while shooting 38 percent from 3-point range. He needs to improve on controlling the game, reading situations, and getting teammates more involved.