Third year Barangay Ginebra San Miguel guard Scottie Thompson is thrilled with the upcoming team Pilipinas game.
Their first stop for the next round of the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers will be in Tehran in Iran then followed by a closed door game versus team Qatar here in the Philippines.
That closed door game is part of the many sanctions slapped by FIBA to team Philippines after that July brawl versus the team Australia happened in the Philippine Arena.
Thompson who is still fresh from earning his first Finals MVP from the just concluded 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup is eager to serve the country once again.
He was seen donning the Philippines basketball jersey back in 2015 Southeast Asian Games then in 2015 SEABA Championship which was held in Singapore. He helped team Philippines to capture gold medals in those two tourneys.
Winning championships from international tournaments in 2015 and also in the D-League with the Hapee Toothpaste, Thompson is one of the top prospects back in the 2015 PBA Draft. Without hesitation, when Ginebra’s turn to pick at number five, coach Tim Cone selected Thompson and the rest is now a history.
With his energy in both ends of the court and his ability to snag rebounds made coach Yeng Guiao to invite Thompson in his 16-man pool.
“Nagpapasalamat ako kasi dream come true for me especially early in my career sobrang saya and sobrang thankful kay God,” Thompson said during his interview with Spin.ph.
However, there’s still no assurance for Thompson that he will be included in the final roster that will fly to Iran for their September 13 scheduled duel with Hamed Haddadi.
Thompson needs to compete with other invited players for the slot in order to have his name in the team Philippines jersey once more.
“Asahan lang nila I will do my best, ‘yung best part ko kung anong role ko sa team, especially ‘yung hustle ko every game at ‘yung energy ko every game ‘yun ‘yung pinakabest way ko na maitutulong sa team,” said Thompson.
Coach Yeng Guiao along with his players and staff which he assembled have few more days to prepare and develop team chemistry. The national team was reported that their flight to Iran will be on Monday night.
“Okay naman so far talagang winowork at binibuild namin ‘yung chemistry as a team. ‘Yun ‘yung pinakaimportante sa amin ngayon, so down the stretch talaga (kailangan) may chemistry kami against Iran,” he said.
Just like everyone who loves basketball, Scottie Thompson is also glad to know that his Ginebra teammate Greg Slaughter was given a clearance by FIBA to play as a local. A big boost for the squad especially that team Iran is known for their strenght and height.
“Laking bagay sa amin especially Iran is a big team, malalaki sila, laking bagay sa amin si Greg especially pangmatch up kay Haddadi,” he said. “So (kung makakalaro man siya) siguro hindi na kami masyadong mahihirapan and then wala na kaming double sa kanya. So ‘yun laking bagay para sa amin.”