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Friday, September 19, 2014

Glimpses: Young Big Men in Philippine Basketball

The current rise of Philippine basketball at the world level cannot be achieved without worthy contributions from big men. Naturalized players Marcus Douthit and Andray Blatche has provided the Philippine quintet a different dimension to move up from 45th to 31st in the FIBA World Rankings in the past 2 years. Aside from these two fine gentlemen, the development of homegrown big men are as important to the national team. After all, national coach Chot Reyes hinted that Junemar Fajardo, Greg Slaughter, and Japeth Aguilar are an important piece in the future of Philippine basketball. All three stand 6'9" or taller.

In this article let us take a look at the young big men in Philippine basketball who has yet to crack a roster spot in the NCAA or UAAP.

Best Chance to Reclaim Asian Games Basketball Gold in Incheon

The Philippines last won a basketball gold medal in the Asian Games in 1962 at Jakarta, Indonesia. That team included Narciso Bernardo, Geronimo Cruz, Engracio Arazas, Manuel Jocson, Alfonso Marquez, Roel Nadurata, Eduardo Pacheco, Cristobal Ramas, Alberto Reynoso, and Edgardo Roque. It also listed The Big Difference Caloy Loyzaga,arguably the best Filipino basketball player, and Kurt Bachmann, the king of hook shot in Philippine basketball. The Philippines bulldozed the competition in the 1962 games en route to winning 7 games with an average margin of victory of a whopping 25 points. In the preliminary round, the Philippines walloped Cambodia, 81-52 and beat Thailand, 72-61. In the championship round, the Philippines beat South Korea, 84-68; Indonesia, 107-74; Thailand, 108-73; Hong Kong, 100-68; and Japan 101-67.