Chot Reyes will call the shots for Gilas Pilipinas for the upcoming FIBA Asia Cup which is scheduled from July 12 to 24 in Indonesia.
The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) made the announcement on Friday as Reyes, also the national team’s program director, formally takes over from Nenad Vucinic who guided Gilas to a 1-1 record during the recently concluded 3rd window of the FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers.
Vucinic will slide back to his original role of assistant coach together with Jong Uichico and Sandro Soriano.
SBP’s full statement:
The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas announces that Gilas Pilipinas Men Program Director Chot Reyes will be the head coach of the squad in the FIBA Asia Cup 2022.
The competition in Jakarta, Indonesia will be crucial to the continuing development of the younger players in preparation for the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023. To aid with the continuity of the program, Reyes will be flanked by assistant coaches Nenad Vucinic, Jong Uichico, and Sandro Soriano.
The FIBA Asia Cup will be a great way to measure how much Gilas has improved as they face off once again with New Zealand and India. It will also be a great chance to test our young squad against another top Asian team in Lebanon in the group stage.
As always, we thank the Filipino basketball fans, the best fans in the world, for their support. It’s a long and difficult process but the SBP is continuously working to build the best team possible for the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023.
Drawn in Group D, Gilas will kickoff its campaign in the continental showpiece against Lebanon on July 13 before squaring it off with India and New Zealand on the 15th and 17th, respectively.
Aside from the addition of TNT big man Poy Erram, Reyes has yet to formally announce the other members of the squad.