The Philippines gets one final chance to qualify for the Olympics through the wildcard phase featuring powerhouses from other nations across the world after finishing second place at the 2015 FIBA Asia Championship.
Yesterday, October 14, The PBA released a 17-man pool from which the line-up for the Olympic Wildcard set next year would come from.
June Mar Fajardo, the two-time MVP of the league, leads the list of players the PBA will lend to the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas.
Also included in the pool are Marcio Lassiter of San Miguel, the Ginebra triumvirate of Japeth Aguilar, LA Tenorio, and Greg Slaughter, Rain or Shine’s Paul Lee, Gabe Norwood, and Jeff Chan, Star’s Marc Pingris and Ian Sangalang.
Calvin Abueva of Alaska and Terrence Romeo of Globalport, Gilas’ energy guys during the 2015 Fiba Asia Championship, have also been included to the pool along with five Tropang Texters Ranidel De Ocampo, Matt Ganuelas-Rosser, Ryan Reyes, and rookie Troy Rosario.
Those who are not included in the final lineup would still be included in the final delegation that would be sent to the qualifiers.