Gilas Pilipinas: Troy Rosario
Athletic, versatile, and with outside shooting ability, Troy Rosario has been heralded as the heir apparent to veteran Ranidel De Ocampo.
The 24-year-old Rosario is listed as 6-foot-7 and was selected 2nd overall in the 2015 PBA Draft by Tropang TNT and has so far been a key driving force for the new-look TNT. Rosario blossomed in his final year in the UAAP, helping lead the National University Bulldogs to their first championship since 1954. He was also a champion in the PBA D-League.
Rosario has been a part of the Gilas cadets since 2015, where he played and won gold medals in the Southeast Asian Games and the SEABA Championship in Singapore. He was tapped to join coach Tab Baldwin’s Gilas pool for the 2015 FIBA Asia Championship and saw action in the 2015 William Jones Cup, but did not make the final lineup. Rosario then returned to the cadets for another gold medal run at the 2016 SEABA Cup.
This year, Rosario’s versatility, energy, and fearlessness is expected to boost Gilas in the bid for a Rio Olympics slot via the FIBA Olympic Qualifier. – Rappler.com