NEW Gilas Pilipinas head coach Tab Baldwin trains his sights on the two Cebuano giants to man the front line of the next Philippine team, which is being groomed for the 2016 Brazil Olympics.
Baldwin who officially assumed as the Philippine national men’s basketball team head coach last Jan. 1, looks to having the reigning PBA MVP and the back-to-back best player of the Philippine Cup June Mar Fajardo and 7-footer Greg Slaughter of Ginebra San Miguel Gin Kings join the next team to the 2015 Fiba Asia Championship for Men in China on Sept. 23 to Oct. 3.
The American coach saw the need for international exposure for Fajardo to become a more complete player, while he thinks Slaughter needs to have more training to become an imposing player in the middle.
Fajardo, a former UC Webmaster, was part of the Gilas Pilipinas team to the 2013 Fiba Asia Championship that qualified to the 2014 Fiba World Cup in Spain and the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon Korea, while Slaughter, a former UV Green Lancers center, was part of the first Gilas Pilipinas team pool but never really made it to play for the team in the 2011 Fiba Asia championship in China.
Baldwin noted that the Philippines has a very deep basketball talent pool especially in guard position.
He observed that the last Gilas Pilipinas squad does not necessarily need a revamp since it is already a very strong team.