NEARLY 10 months before its first major test, the Smart Gilas Pilipinas is now scampering for a legitimate pivotman who will be the anchor of the team’s defense in the middle.

Gilas’ new team manager Frankie Lim is now in the US seeking for a candidate for naturalization and Serbian mentor Rajko Toroman is expected to join him to give his approval.

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The main consideration includes height, athleticism, basketball IQ, his willingness to follow the system, readiness to become a naturalized Filipino citizen and relocate in the Philippines, no record of knee or back injuries and a big heart.

Among the hopefuls who have shown interest is Darian Townes from Holland, a 26 year old 6-foot-10 pivot who played for Utah Flash in the National Basketball Developmental League (NBDL) last December.

In his college days, he became a member of the Arkansas Razorbacks’ 1,000 block shots club and among the top 10 players in rebounding department.

Former Shell and Magnolia import Jameel Watkins, a 32 year old slotman from Georgetown Hoyas, who stands 6’10; the 7’1 former import of Ginebra Gin Kings Chris Alexander, Earl Barron Jr., a 7’0 former import of Red Bull Barakos–are among the short list of candidates for neutralization.