Dwight Ramos enters Gilas bubble in Calamba, sources confirm

Dwight Ramos is the latest cadet to enter inside the Gilas Pilipinas Men bubble, multiple sources confirmed to ESPN5.com on Monday afternoon.

Ramos recently finished his government-mandated quarantine after arriving from the United States weeks ago.

The 22-year-old was one of the major contributors in Gilas' dominant performance at the Manama bubble in Bahrain last November. Ramos averaged 16.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 2.5 assists in the Philippines' twin blowout victories against Thailand.

Ramos is expected to participate in the practice sessions upon entry in the INSPIRE Sports Academy in Calamba, Laguna.

He joins fellow cadets Kemark Cariño, Juan and Javi Gomez de Liaño, Justine Baltazar, Dave Ildefonso, William Navarro, Calvin Oftana, and naturalized player Ange Kouame, who are already inside.

Also in the bubble are PBA players Kiefer Ravena, Roger Pogoy, Troy Rosario, Raul Soyud, CJ Perez, and Justin Chua. Rounding out the list are Gilas special draft picks Isaac Go, Rey Suerte, and Matt and Mike Nieto.

On the other hand, the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) patiently awaits the arrival of Kai Sotto in the country.

Sotto, who announced recently that he will be joining Gilas in the third window of the 2021 FIBA Asia Cup qualifiers, is still in the States, and is set to come home very soon.

"As we speak, we are in close coordination with Kai's management team. We are finalizing the timetable of his arrival," said SBP Special Assistant to the President Ryan Gregorio.

Gilas faces South Korea on Feb. 18 and 22, and Indonesia on Feb. 20 at the AUF Sports Arena and Cultural Center in Angeles, Pampanga.

Gregorio also bared the SBP's decision to extend the contracts of Mike Nieto and Allyn Bulanadi with Gilas.

"Coach Tab and the coaching staff saw a marked improvement in the game of Mike which triggered an automatic extension with Gilas. They are extremely happy with his development as a basketball player. Furthermore, he has shown incredible dedication to the program," said the champion PBA mentor.

Despite Bulanadi being downed by a shoulder injury, the former San Sebastian standout has his immediate future secured.

"For Allyn, he was playing good basketball up until he injured his shoulder. His upside is tremendous. His shooting accuracy combined with his other offensive skillset compliment the offensive system that we trying to implement. We expect him to perform at an optimum level when he completes his rehabilitation," mentioned Gregorio.

"Both these players deserve to be part of the Gilas pool."