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Gilas bound to select Tungcab, Rangel, Heading in special round of PBA Draft


The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) named three of five talents that will be part of the Gilas Pilipinas pool — namely Jaydee Tungcab, Tzaddy Rangel, and Jordan Heading.

“The SBP as always, is thankful to the PBA for its cooperation as we build towards the Philippines’ hosting of the 2023 FIBA Basketball World Cup with Japan and Indonesia,” said SBP President Al S. Panlilio.

“We were able to secure five players from the Gilas Draft in 2019 and we’re happy to welcome three additional talents in Jordan Heading, Tzaddy Rangel, and Jaydee Tungcab,”

Heading is a 6-foot-2 guard from the California Baptist University and was once a member Batang Gilas program.

Rangel is a 6-foot-8 bruiser from the National University who teamed up with Heading under San Miguel Alab Pilipinas in the ASEAN Basketball League last season.

On the other hand, Tungcab is a 6-foot-3 guard from University of Philippines foot-3 guard who was supposed the second Filipino player to enter Japanese B. League before new strains of the COVID-19 virus forced him to forego that decision.

“We thank the three for their trust and commitment to the program,” added Panlilio. “Over a short span, we’ve seen the development of the program and of the players’ individual talents as well, and we’re confident that the upcoming Gilas draftees will benefit greatly under Program Director Tab Baldwin and his outstanding staff of coaches.”

The three will join last year’s Gilas selection of Isaac Go, twins Mike and Matt Nieto, Rey Suerte, and Allyn Bulanadi as full-time members of the Gilas.

All except Bulanadi are currently in Calamba, Laguna as he is currently recovering from his shoulder injury.