Gilas Philippines preliminary roster included Kai Sotto in FIBA Basketball World Cup

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The tournament will take place in the Philippines. Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) has publicly revealed a preliminary roster of 20 players for the next Window 5 of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 Asian Qualifiers.

Preliminary Philippines roster for Window 5

Japeth AguilarJP ErramJune Mar FajardoAnge Kouame
Francis LopezJamie MalonzoWill NavarroChris Newsome
Calvin OftanaBobby Ray ParksCJ PerezRR Pogoy
Kevin QuiambaoDwight RamosKiefer RavenaThirdy Ravena 
Kai SottoCarl TamayoArvin TolentinoScottie Thompson

The most notable name on the extensive list is that of Kai Sotto, who resides in Australia at the present time and is a member of the Adeliade 36ers of the National Basketball League (NBL).

Dwight Ramos, Kiefer Ravena, Thirdy Ravena, and Bobby Ray Parks, all of whom are now playing in Japan’s B.League, have joined Sotto as other talents based outside of the Philippines.

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The majority of the players on this list are stars in the local Philippines Basketball Association (PBA), like as Scottie Thompson, CJ Perez, or Jaime Malonzo.

Eleven players are carrying over their experience from the previous window, while the remaining players have all participated in recent tournaments, be it one of the prior windows, the FIBA Asia Cup 2022, or the FIBA Asia Cup 2022 Qualifiers.

Arvin Tolentino is the only one of the players named who has a chance to make his FIBA debut during the Window 5 competition.

Even though they have a record of 3-3 in Group E of the Asian Qualifiers, the Philippines are already qualified to participate in the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 because they are co-hosting the event. After suffering a heartbreaking loss to Lebanon in the waning seconds of their previous match, Gilas are riding high after their big victory in Window 4 over Saudi Arabia.

In Window 5, the Philippines will first compete against Jordan on November 10 and then face Saudi Arabia for a second time on November 13. Both of these games will take place outside of the Philippines. Jordan and Saudi Arabia.

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