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[PODCAST] At The Buzzer: The future of Fil-foreigners in PH sports

Naveen Ganglani
[PODCAST] At The Buzzer: The future of Fil-foreigners in PH sports
Fil-Foreign Nation founder Cris Gopez shares what coaches usually look for when they recruit Filipino-foreign talents

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In the latest episode of the At the Buzzer podcast, host Naveen Ganglani discusses the ramifications of the blockbuster NBA trade which lands James Harden in Brooklyn and also speaks with Fil-Foreign Nation founder Cris Gopez about the future of Filipino-foreigner athletes in the country.

Naveen goes into detail about how the league-altering four-team trade impacts each player and team involved before welcoming Cris, who opens up about the history and mission of his growing organization. 

The cousin of San Miguel Beermen superstar Alex Cabagnot, Cris details what coaches from the Philippines look for when they recruit Fil-foreign talent in his hometown of Los Angeles, California – including the first question they usually ask. 

The trainer-manager goes in depth on the necessary steps his players have to take before they move to the Philippines, like the process of learning what it means to be a Filipino. 

Cris also answers questions on whether or not the surplus of Fil-foreign talent is good for the local talent in the Philippines, how the hefty expectations can make or break certain players, and whether the rising trend of garnering foreign recruits is here to stay.

Cris then explains why one of his players, former DLSU scorer Jamie Malonzo, should be a top 3 pick in the 2021 PBA Draft, and gives an update on the recruitment joust for Zavier Lucero, who is entertaining pitches from both Ateneo and UP.

Here is an excerpt from the podcast:

Naveen: What are the questions that coaches usually like to ask ahead of the recruitment process or when you introduce a player to them. Like, what are their concerns, what are the things they’re looking for? Each coach is his or her own personality, but from a general standpoint, what do they immediately seek to know from the guys you try to help out?

Cris: The biggest question that comes up from a lot coaches is where their development comes from. It starts with what city and state they’re from. As you know, if you look at the history of the PBA and even the NBA, a lot of the talent actually come from the West Coast, particularly California.


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