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Friday, October 18, 2013

Why Greg Slaughter Should Be in the Gilas Pilipinas World Cup 2014 Roster

While Gilas Pilipinas national team coach Vincent"Chot" Reyes wants to keep the silver-medal winning squad in the 27th FIBA Asia Championships intact, I am for the inclusion of Greg Slaughter for the Philippine team to the World Cup of Basketball 2014 in Spain.



Slaughter Is A Much-needed Size Upgrade

Greg Slaughter is a legitimate seven-footer. It is rare to see someone of his size in Philippine basketball, and his talent can compete with the best big men the land has to offer. Greg is a good passer out of double-teams or triple-teams at the post. His court vision is better than many Filipino centers. Slaughter also has more decent shooting skills compared to most big men in the country and is dependable to take midrange jumpers.

Greg's Addition Will Move Aguilar to His Natural Spot at Power Forward

Inserting Greg Slaughter into the Gilas Pilipinas lineup for the FIBA World Cup 2014 will allow Japeth Aguilar to play his natural position at power forward. It can be recalled that in the 27th FIBA Asia Championships in Manila, Aguilar was largely utilized as the main reliever for Marcus Douthit at the center slot. While, Aguilar did have a lot of success against most opposition, he clearly struggled against Hamed Haddadi in the gold medal match. He is an athletic big, not the banger-bruiser type needed to stop Haddadi.

With the addition of Greg, coach Chot Reyes may opt to start Aguilar alongside Douthit in the Philippines' frontline, instantly upgrading the size of his starting unit. Fajardo and Slaughter will be the chief back-ups to Douthit.

It Will Be Good for His Development As An Athlete

Greg Slaughter is still young and is just about to begin his professional basketball career in the Philippine Basketball Association. His inclusion to the Gilas Pilipinas squad in the 2014 FIBA World Cup will have a positive impact on his development as a basketball player. For one, he will get to train at the highest level with the country's top basketball players. Then, there is no substitute for the experience of competing against the world's best at the World Cup.

Slaughter's Development in Turn Is Good for Philippine Basketball

A 7-foot athlete who plays decent basketball is a rarity in Philippine basketball. As far as my memory serves, I've only come across two 7-foot Filipino basketball players in the past, 7'3" Raul Dillo and 7'1" Edward Joseph Feihl. Raul Dillo warmed the bench on most basketball teams he was part of and gained more prominence as a television and movie actor portraying roles as a kapre, a Filipino mythical creature. The Filipino-German EJ Feihl had more success on the hardcourt. Feihl is the tallest Filipino ever to have played in Asia's first pay-for-play league, the Philippine Basketball Association. Feihl was an all-star in his rookie season(1995-1996) and was part of the bronze-medal winning Philippine Centennial Basketball Team to the 1998 Bangkok Asian Games in Thailand.

Incoming PBA freshman Gregory William Slaughter figures to be better that the previous two Filipino 7-footers and his development is crucial to the success of the Philippine national basketball team program during his playing career. 

Just my two cents.

5 comments:

Bernard Flores said...

Coach it is obvious that the big guy needs the exposure, he will be very much at use in this upcoming fiba wold championship, this addition will definitely boost each members morale! Pls include the Greg in the team!

Bernard Flores said...

Coach chit Greg has improved a lot and he would be a great help to all the big guys, like japeth wold play his natural position as well as the kraken he can concentrate more on he game and even boost his and everyone's morale pls. Include the big guy!

jebssan9 said...

My suggestion is for the PBA to bring back the tall (unlimited height rule) for the imports. This will greatly enhance our local players' capabilities to play bigger, faster and talented players that our international opponents possess. I remember, how Francis Arnaiz developed the high-loop lay ups cause their are shot blockers like Cyrus Mann of Crispa! Our players will get used to playing a different type of basketball with taller imports around. Imports are there not only to enable PBA teams win championships, but they are there to train our local players as well.

jebssan9 said...

My suggestion is for the PBA to bring back the tall (unlimited height rule) for the imports. This will greatly enhance our local players' capabilities to play bigger, faster and talented players that our international opponents possess. I remember, how Francis Arnaiz developed the high-loop lay ups cause their are shot blockers like Cyrus Mann of Crispa! Our players will get used to playing a different type of basketball with taller imports around. Imports are there not only to enable PBA teams win championships, but they are there to train our local players as well.

jebssan9 said...

My suggestion is for the PBA to bring back the tall (unlimited height rule) for the imports. This will greatly enhance our local players' capabilities to play bigger, faster and talented players that our international opponents possess. I remember, how Francis Arnaiz developed the high-loop lay ups cause their are shot blockers like Cyrus Mann of Crispa! Our players will get used to playing a different type of basketball with taller imports around. Imports are there not only to enable PBA teams win championships, but they are there to train our local players as well.