The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas on Thursday signified its intention for Gilas Pilipinas to join the final Olympic Qualifiers set next year after the PBA released 17 players for the pool.
SBP president Manny V. Pangilinan in a statement said the SBP will file the required registration form to Fiba through the Philippine Olympic Committee to confirm the country’s participation.
“We welcome the assistance of the PBA and thank the PBA Board for its support,” Pangilinan said Thursday.
Leading the PBA’s 17-man pool that was announced on Wednesday are two-time MVP June Mar Fajardo and Asia’s best point guard Jason Castro.
PBA Board Chairman Robert Non called for a special board meeting to discuss the pool from which SBP will form the final line-up for the Wildcard phase.
“May God bless the Gilas team, and our country, for this 2016 Wild Card Qualfying,” Pangilinan said.