MANILA (Philippines) – Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) have announced a 22-player preliminary roster for the upcoming FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 Asian Qualifiers.

There are a number of players returning for the Philippines first appearance in the 2023 Asian Qualifiers after being key players in their Asia Cup 2022 Qualifiers campaign, namely Dwight Ramos, Juan Gomez De Liano, Ange Kouame, and Will Navarro.

Philippines’s 22-player roster for the February Window
Jayson Castro Robert Bolick Carl Bryan Cruz Juan Gomez De Liano
Poy Erram Matt Ganuelas-Rosser Angelo Kouame Thirdy Ravena
Dwight Ramos Ryan Reyes Troy Rosario Kelly Williams
J-Jay Alejandro Gab Banal Brian Heruela Glenn Khobuntin
LeBron Lopez Kib Montalbo Will Navarro Jaydee Tungcab
Tzaddy Rangel Roget Pogoy    


Other players who played in the first window of the Asia Cup Qualifiers including Thirdy Ravena, Poy Erram, and Troy Rosario are also listed in the preliminary roster.

The most prominent name on the list is Jayson Castro, who has been absent from national team duties in the previous years and is hopeful for a return. Castro has been one of the Philippines’ brightest stars whether it was at numerous Asia Cups or at the World Cup in 2014.

In addition, there are two players who were on the World Cup 2019 team that are listed here at the preliminary stage in the aforementioned Rosario and Robert Bolick.

Roger Pogoy was also named to the roster, though SBP has noted that he will “unlikely suit up due to his calf injury”.

The Philippines will play 4 games in the upcoming window which will be situated in a bubble in Manila at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. They will play against rivals Korea twice on February 24 and 28. The Philippines will then play against India on February 25 and against New Zealand on February 27.

The Philippines are already qualified for the World Cup as co-hosts of the Final Phase in 2023.


Via Fiba