NLEX big man Raul Soyud along with TNT stars Troy Rosario and Roger Pogoy are set to join the Gilas Pilipinas training pool inside the bubble at Inspire Sports Academy in Calamba, Laguna this coming Friday.
Team manager Gabby Cui confirmed the development on Monday and bared that the trio will take their swab tests on Tuesday and once cleared will join 14 others competing for roster spots for the third and final window of the 2021 FIBA Asia Cup qualifiers which is scheduled next month.
“I’m coming in on the 22nd along with Roger, Troy and Raul Soyud. And then on the 22nd, we enter Inspire, where we do another round of RT-PCR based on protocol so that we can get inside the bubble,” disclosed Cui on The Game by One Sports.
Cui added that the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) is still in contact with amateur standouts Dwight Ramos and Juan Gomez de Liano as well as other PBA players for last minute additions to the pool before training officially starts on January 22.
“We’re still hoping that Dwight and Juan can join us. We’re still talking to them. There’s still time for them to come in, so we’re keeping our lines open. It’s the same also for some PBA players that might be able to join us. We’re still hoping for some players to join. We’re still waiting for their reply,” said Cui.
Already inside the bubble are PBA players Kiefer Ravena, CJ Perez and Justin Chua, as well as special Gilas draft selections Isaac Go, Rey Suerte and twins Mike and Matt Nieto. Rounding out the current pool are Justine Baltazar, Javi Gomez de Liaño, Dave Ildefonso, Will Navarro, Calvin Oftana, Kemark Cariño, and naturalized player candidate Angelo Kouame.