Gilas Pilipina's coach Patrick Aquino was like a dizzying father talking about his daughter when asked about Jack Animam's offer to play as an import in Taiwan.
However, feeling so good for one of his players is not the first for him, as a handful of his charges have played in Indonesia and Malaysia, including Afril Bernardino, Gemma Miranda, Alyanna Lim and Andrea Tongco.
"As a trainer everything is about growth [of our players]. We also want more opportunities for their families, ”Aquino told the investigator on Sunday.
Animam will play for Shih Hsin University (SHU) in Taipei as soon as the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) pandemic is unlocked and when it is safe to travel there.
In addition to reinforcing SHU, a recently crowned championship team from the University Basketball Association, Aquino said the 23-year-old Animam had been sought to play for a commercial team, including in Taiwan.
"It's a league of big companies – brands like Nissan, Taiwan Electric," he said. "Although I think the offer is still closed."
Aquino – who said that sometimes he is a brother, sister, mother and father of his protective spells – believes that not only the financial rewards are what his player can play outside the country.
"The experiences they can gain, all the ones we can use across the board," he said. "Use them when [the Philippines] competes internationally."
"You will probably play against players of the same caliber, so that helps us a lot," added Aquino. "It will greatly strengthen their trust."
Aquino had no choice but to temporarily lose part of the winnings that women's basketball has had since the end of last year when its squad won the country's first gold medal at the Southeast Asian Games.
"We were all optimistic after January," said Aquino. “We were in talks with SBP (Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas) for a commercial league for the girls. They told us that they were going to talk to big sponsors. Then it all happened. "
Gilas should also take part in two Fiba 3 × 3 tournaments in the coming months. They are also supposed to take part in the Jones Cup in July – if it is played at all.
"We have nothing on the program for the time being because there are no leagues to compete in," he added. INQ
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