Gilas Pilipinas: Marc Pingris

Rappler.com
Get to know Marc Pingris of the Gilas Pilipinas national men's basketball team.

Energy, hustle and physicality – these are things Marc Pingris brings to the table for Gilas Pilipinas.

The 7-time PBA All-Defensive Team member will definitely be used to check opposing teams’ big men. Despite being listed as a power forward, Pingris would also see time at the three spot, thanks to his ability to stay in front of his man.

Pingris, who has earned the moniker “Sakuragi” due to his love of the Japanese anime “Slam Dunk,” played for the Far Eastern University Tamaraws before being drafted third overall by the FedEx Express in 2004.

Pingris has found his greatest success in the Philippine Basketball Association with the San Mig Super Coffee Mixers, with whom he won a Grand Slam with in 2013-14. Pingris’ greatest success with Gilas came in the now historic win over South Korea at the FIBA Asia Championship in 2013, when he scored 16 in helping the Philippines break their long drought.

Pingris is quick enough to stay with taller wingmen and strong enough to bang bodies in the paint. His lack of offensive moves will likely limit his minutes, but Pingris can give Gilas a jolt of energy and hustle once he steps on the court. – Rappler.com

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