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Seven footer Sage Tolentino on SBP's radar for Gilas pool
by Reynald Magallon, January 04, 2020 10:44pm
Back in the day, ceiling -or the lack of it, was one of the biggest holes in the the national team's international campaigns but that seemed to be none of Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas' current problems especially with the generation of Kai Sotto and AJ Edu.
Then, there's Sage Tolentino - a high school player from Maryknoll High in Hawaii who stands at seven feet tall.
Tolentino was on the radar of SBP as one of the intriguing prospects of the Gilas youth program. In fact, SBP President Al Panlilio bared on Saturday that the country's governing body for the sport has already reached out to the 16 year old stalwart.
"We reached out to him to see his interest. Imagine if you have him and Kai, when was the last time we had two Filipinos over seven-feet in one team," said Panlilio.
"Sage I think is just sixteen. We have to reach out to him."
With Tolentino, Gilas can have a triple-tower at their disposal with the three of them still have a lot of room for improvement.
Sotto was in the US for training as he tries to chase his NBA dream while Edu was in a recovery period after suffering an ACL injury during his stint with Gilas in the FIBA U19 World Cup.
Interestingly, the SBP is still ironing out plans for the long-term program for Gilas of course, geared toward the 2023 FIBA World Cup which the country will be co-hosting with Japan and Indonesia.
Right now, seven players were already named to a Gilas cadets pool namely PBA draft picks, Rey Suerte, Isaac Go, Allyn Bulanadi, the twins Matt and Mike Nieto, together with UP's Jaydee Tungcab and Ateneo's Thirdy Ravena.
Outside of the seven, there's still a long list of potential pool members which could be added to the pool.
"There’s a big list of course on who we can potentially add to the future. There’s Kobe, the Gomez de Liano brothers, Kai Sotto, and AJ Edu," added Panlilio.
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