MACAU -- Chris Ross is happy to represent the country with the San Miguel Beermen one of the three Philippine squads participating in the 2019 East Asia Super League Terrific 12.
The SMB guard has long expressed his intention to play for the national team, but is considered as a naturalized player under FIBA rules since he wasn't able to secure a Philippine passport before he turned 16 years old.
Ross said his offer to play for the country still stands. The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) is expected to come out with a pool for the upcoming Southeast Asian Games which the Philippines is hosting later this year.
"If my name's called, I'll be more than happy to join the pool, but if not, best of luck to those guys that are (going to be) in the pool. It's not in my control, I can only control what I can control," Ross told media men during the Terrific 12 press conference on Tuesday at the Tap Seac Multisport Pavilion.
Ross, who is eligible to play in the SEA Games since the rules in the regional conclave differ from FIBA's, said he's been following updates on Gilas and the SBP's decision on which players will be included in the SEA Games pool.
"I think I read (the SBP officials) have to put a pool in before the 30th of this month. I think if they do (include my name), great. If not, great. But whoever they name, then they should be in that pool, if my name is not called, that's fine, I'll be cheering for those guys," added Ross.
In the meantime, Ross is focused on helping San Miguel win the Terrific 12 given that top professional clubs from China, South Korea and Japan are also competing in the weeklong tournament.
"The competition in this thing is really gonna be very good. The games will be live for everyone back home in the Philippines to watch and we're gonna play some great teams from the CBA and from KBL and Japan's league so we're gonna try to put on a good show," explained Ross.