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Gilas prospect Kemark Cariño joins Aomori of Japan B. League

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Gilas prospect Kemark Cariño joins Aomori of Japan B. League

NATIONAL TEAM PLAYER. Kemark Cariño has proven he belongs on a big stage after getting called up by Gilas Pilipinas.

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Kemark Cariño will see action in Division II of the Japanese B. League as a member of the Aomori Wat's

Gilas Pilipinas prospect Kemark Cariño is the latest in the growing list of Filipinos taking their talents to Japan after signing with the Aomori Wat’s of B. League Division II on Wednesday, July 21.

The 23-year-old big man last played for the national team in the second window of the 2021 FIBA Asia Cup qualifiers in Manama, Bahrain, where he averaged 3 points, 3 rebounds, and 1 assist in a little over 13 minutes a game in his debut campaign.

Despite the small stats sample size, Cariño is a lanky 6-foot-9 anchor who can immediately help teams like Aomori with the “dirty” work like grabbing boards and closing out on defense.

The former San Beda product more than proved he belongs on a big stage after he was selected by Gilas men’s program head and decorated international coach Tab Baldwin to boost the national team’s frontline.

Cariño now joins fellow Gilas prospect Juan Gomez de Liaño in the B. League Division II, while other national team stalwarts like Thirdy and Kiefer Ravena and Javi Gomez de Liaño have signed with Division 1. – Rappler.com