Lone high school player Gozum overwhelmed in presence of Gilas stars

first_imgHotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim “I was so happy. I immediately told my parents that I’m back at Gilas and I won’t waste this chance. Coach Chot invited me to come here and that alone is already an honor for me. I just promise that I’ll give my best and hopefully, I get picked,” he said.Now comes the hard part for the 6-foot-6 center as he tests his mettle against Gilas mainstays like June Mar Fajardo, Calvin Abueva, and Raymond Almazan weekly — a challenge that he’s more than ready to face.“Coach Chot said that what Gilas needs are players with high basketball IQ. You can’t make the same mistakes over and over again, and I realized that I have to learn from the others who are doing it right,” he said.“As a high school player, I know that what I’m working on isn’t enough so I’m motivating myself to reach the same level as to that of my teammates here who are already in college.”ADVERTISEMENT Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netIn the company of the best basketball players in the country, Will Gozum was left in awe in the company of the best basketball players in the country on Monday at Meralco Gym.“I was starstruck,” Gozum said in Filipino after working out with the big names like Troy Rosario, Japeth Aguilar, Mac Belo, and Carl Bryan Cruz.ADVERTISEMENT ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims NCAA football: Arellano books finals slot, San Beda stays alive SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais MOST READ LeBron James trains Gilas Pilipinas PLAY LIST 02:46LeBron James trains Gilas Pilipinas00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’center_img “I’m still feeling my way with the plays, trying to figure it out because they already have a smooth transition. I’m just trying to keep up and it’s exhausting.”But the lone high school player to attend the resumption of the Gilas Pilipinas practices rightfully deserved his spot thanks to all of his efforts this past season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingGozum, who was named NCAA Season 93 MVP after averaging 13.8 points, 9.9 rebounds and 2.6 blocks for Mapua High School, has emerged as one of the most promising big men in the country. And that piqued the interest of coach Chot Reyes, who included the 18-year-old bruiser in his “23-for-23” list.Despite all of his efforts, Gozum admitted he was still caught by surprise with the call-up for a chance to represent the Philippines again after suiting up in the 2015 Fiba Asia Under-16 Championship in Indonesia. LATEST STORIES PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Do we want to be champions or GROs? – Sotto Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img