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Kobe Paras future of Gilas, says Reyes

Gilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes thinks Kobe Paras is the future of the national team.

“Kobe, I think, is going to be the forerunner of that youth brigade,” said Reyes, explaining why he decided to include the second-generation star to the Philippine team set to see action in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games.

Kobe Paras. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.net
Though Paras is the youngest of the bunch, Reyes believes his skill set fits the squad perfectly, giving Gilas an agile forward who can play in both the inside and outside.

But more than anything, Reyes wants Paras to get used to playing at a high level.

“We do not have a position-oriented system. We have several bigs and everybody else is a guard or a forward. Everyone can make plays and that’s why we feel Kobe’s skill set is perfect for him,” he said. “But the one thing we want from Kobe is his age. We wanted him to get used to the way the men are playing, to get exposed to the elite basketball.

“We want a 19-year-old at the very least to be in the SEA Games. In the Jones Cup, he’s gonna face the killers in his spot, the tough Asian big men and wingmen, and that’s gonna be part of the education of Kobe.”

Source: http://sports.inquirer.net/253954/kobe-paras-future-gilas-says-reyes

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