while the spotlight is focused solely on the Team Pilipinas senior men's team, i think NOW is also the appropriate time for the country to regain its lofty position in the juniors competition.
the Philippines won the first 5 stagings of the Youth competition, which we last won in the 80's with the likes of Hector Calma, Alfie Almario, Samboy Lim, Derick Pumaren, Elmer Reyes and Leo Austria leading a pack of Filipinos kids coached by Ron Jacobs.
fast forward more than 25 years later and we have in our posession a couple of TALL and promising "HOMEGROWN" kids polishing their skills in the US.
6'9" JAPETH AGUILAR of Western Kentucky U
6'8" GIAN CHIU of Desert Christian HS in California
these two could be the pillars of Philippine Youth basketball.
Japeth is 19 years old while Gian is still 18, so that makes them qualified for the 2008 FIBA Asia U20 Championship for Men. also add to that list these fine big men, Dave Marcelo of San Beda and Justin Chua of Chang Kai Shek HS.
the future looks bright, i just hope SBP would take advantage.