AJ Edu will bring in tons of valuable experience for the Gilas Pilipinas Youth in the upcoming FIBA U19 World Cup in Greece starting on June 29, 2019.
Just like his frontcourt partner in Kai Sotto, AJ Edu has done much of his training in the States by completing his first collegiate year playing for the University of Toledo.
Unfortunately for him and the Rockets, they missed out on the annual March Madness. Still, Edu remains optimistic on their chances next season.
“For our team, our goal was to make the March Madness. We had a really good season actually, but you had to win your tournament and we didn’t perform well so it’s a shame. Next year, our goal again is to make the March Madness,” mentioned Edu during Gilas Youth’s practice inside the Meralco Gym on Wednesday.
Edu admitted that facing bigger, stronger athletes on a daily basis has helped him prepare for the World Cup, especially since they’ll face similar opponents in their group.
But even with a big frontcourt, Gilas Pilipinas will have to cope with taller guards and wings in the tournament, and it will take a lot of heart and passion for our national team to come through.
With the team’s #PUSO, however, it will be always be a given.
“At first, it was a big adjustment to me, but I feel like I adjusted to it [already]. And I feel like that the players will be similar to the level that we will be facing in Greece. I think the experience that I’ve had with the NCAA will make no long surprised on what will happen in Greece,” said the Cyprus born Filipino.
“They say heart over height right? We’re going to have to be more passionate, have more energy. And I feel like if we get into them especially against other taller guards, I feel like our guards will be quicker. We just have to use that to our advantage,” he ended.