Gilas Pilipinas: Ryan Reyes
Ryan Reyes, 32, has been the steady guard option for Tropang TNT since joining them via a trade in 2010. The Los Angeles-born Filipino-American was selected 3rd overall in 2007 and has had a quiet but solid PBA career.
Reyes, a former PBA Rookie of the Year and 4-time All-Defensive Team awardee, is a reliable defender and a good offensive option especially when he can hit the outside shots. When Gilas faced Iran for a tune-up early in June, Reyes buried 4 3-pointers to help the Filipinos avoid a late collapse.
The 6-time PBA champion had a crack at the national team in 2008 when he was named to the pool under coach Yeng Guiao. The following year he was part of the squad that won the SEABA Championship.
Reyes has been flying under the radar for Gilas 4.0 this year. He is rarely approached for media interviews and was relatively a surprise inclusion to the final 14 and eventually the final 12. But the stability he is expected to provide on top of his maturity could bode well for Gilas. – Rappler.com
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