GREG Slaughter may have already been approved as a local player to see action for Yeng Guiao’s Team Pilipinas in the FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers, but the seven-foot big man will have to wait.
Guiao bared that the Ginebra slotman is not yet ready to see action for the national squad seeing action in the closed door encounter against Qatar in the FIBA Asia World Cup qualifier on Monday, September 17, at the Araneta Coliseum.
“He’s not ready yet,” Guiao told FOX Sports Philippines. “Although he’s been in our practices, studying the way we do. Iba pa rin kung naglalaro.”
But Japeth Aguilar, the 6-foot-9 athletic forward and front court partner of Slaughter with the Barangay Ginebra Gin Kings, will take over the spot of the injured center.
Aguilar has served a one game suspension when he was not included in the roster against Iran and is likely to be reinserted along with Matthew Wright, a deadshot gunner.
According to Guiao, while the prospect of having Slaughter in the line up excites him more, it won’t be a guarantee that having a legitimate seven footer will be an advantage.
“Iba na rin kasi ang trend ngayon sa international tournament. Kailangan yung malalaki, mabibilis rin. We rarely had this combination. Yung mabibilis natin, usually yung maliliit,” added Guiao.
Aguilar could be an exception as he’s a mobile big man and his athleticism can cover up the loss of Slaughter.