Jordan Heading, who left the national team program early two years ago, is happy to be back with Gilas Pilipinas and working out concerns with the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas.
It is a privilege to try out for the Gilas team for the sixth window of the FIBA Basketball World Cup, according to Heading, who left the Gilas program to play in Taiwan.
Heading claimed that despite the problem that ended his time with the national team after being selected first overall in the Gilas round of the 2021 PBA draft, he and the SBP had been in contact regarding possible comeback negotiations as early as Window Five in November.
Following practice on Monday night, Heading said that they stayed in communication throughout the entire ordeal. Both parties engaged in a frank conversation. Last window was another attempt to get it to function. Yet, it was unsuccessful. Both parties were content to set aside little distractions, put the past in the rearview mirror, and just concentrate on the cup and the window.
Heading claimed that despite the problem, he had always wanted to be a part of Gilas. Officials from SBP appeared to share this sentiment.
The addition of Heading could help the Gilas Pilipinas team, which has been plagued by injuries and player absences. Heading is regarded as one of the best shooters in the nation right now.
But, Heading stated that the coaches, under the direction of Chot Reyes, will decide whether he is required to play in the final 12 for the matches against Jordan on Monday and Lebanon on Friday. He promised to give it his all to get on the roster.
The coaching staff will decide. His role is simply to come for practice, demonstrate what he is capable of, and attempt to mesh with coaches Chot and Tim’s philosophy. He hoped that they would realize he could offer them what they needed. There are several talented players in this area, many competent shooters. Heading declared, he is going to put his best foot forward and see what happens.
Heading expressed his desire to be selected for the Gilas team once more in upcoming competitions.