Reyes taps Myers as Gilas’ reinforcement in Jones Cup


Mike Myers will serve as Gilas Pilipinas’ import in the Jones Cup. Josh Albelda, ABS-CBN Sports

MANILA, Philippines – Gilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes has tapped Mike Myers as the national team’s reinforcement for its stint in the Jones Cup in July.

Reyes revealed Tuesday evening that Myers, who is currently the reserve import for the TNT KaTropa, has already agreed to play for the team.

“We’re pretty set with Mike,” Reyes said. “He’s already accepted, he agreed.”

The 24-year-old Myers, who played collegiate basketball for Maryland Eastern Shore, has been a fixture in Gilas’ practices since the team regrouped following the SEABA Championship last month.

According to Reyes, they were in talks with other players, including current TNT import Joshua Smith and Star import Ricardo Ratliffe.

“We had wanted Joshua Smith, but his injury prevents that from happening, from playing nine games in nine days,” he said. “Guys like Ricardo Ratliffe wanted to rest.”

“We spoke with several others, but I think they are opting to play in the NBA Summer League,” he also said.

Reyes is unsure if they could have tapped Ratliffe’s services at all, given that the player is also in line for naturalization in Korea. In any case, the Gilas coach said he is satisfied with having Myers as their reinforcement.

“We like Mike’s attitude,” he said. “He might not be the most talented or physically gifted of them all, but the important thing is he is willing to work with the young guys.”

“He’s 24 years old, so he’s going to grow with us as well,” he added.

Myers again attended Gilas’ practice on Wednesday afternoon, wherein the team also welcomed Fil-German Christian Standhardinger.

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