- After failing to qualifying for the Olympics, Jayson Castro has decided to call it quits from Gilas Pilipinas
- Castro has earned the nickname “The Blur” for his incredible speed in the court
- The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas has laid down plans to put together an all-amateur Gilas cadets side for the next qualifying process beginning next year
Shortly after Gilas Pilipinas bowed out of 2016 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament, Jayson Castro announced his retirement from the international basketball circuit.
The 30-year-old point guard posted on his Instagram account that the time has come to “hand over the responsibility to the younger generation.”
The full caption read: “The end of our bid for a spot at the Rio Olympics will also be the end of my stint as a member of Gilas Pilipinas. For the past few years, it has been my honor to represent all of you but now it’s time to hand over the responsibility to the younger generation.
Maraming salamat sa walang sawang pagsuporta niyo sa Gilas. Hindi ko makakalimutan lahat ng pinagsamahan natin. Ako si Jayson Castro William, taga Guagua, Pampanga, lumaban para sa bayan. #7 #PUSO”
(Thank you very much for your unwavering support for Gilas. I will never forget what we’ve shared. I am Jayson Castro William, from Guagua, Pampanga, and I fought for our country. #7 #PUSO)
Earlier, Castro has been quoted saying that he would be retiring immediately after Gilas Pilipinas' loss to New Zealand on Wednesday.
“Siguro this is my last na,” he said.
(Perhaps this is already my last.)
However, Gilas’ performance against FIBA powerhouse France earned them lots of praise. In a post-game press conference with the France team, Tony Parker admitted that the Filipinos pushed them to the limit to carve out the win. He especially mentioned the impressive moves displayed by Castro and Terrence Romeo.
"They were pretty good," said the San Antonio Spurs guard. "They tried to make stuff happen and they were very aggressive going to the basket and creating shots for their teammates. They played pretty well.”
Castro finished with 14 points against the Les Bleus.
The star player was crucial in leading the Philippine men’s team to capture a back-to-back FIBA Asia Championship silver medal finish and a stint in the FIBA World Cup in 2014.
Castro is also a six-time PBA champion and was twice named as part of the FIBA Asia’s Mythical Team.
Yesterday, Castro’s TNT teammate and fellow Gilas member Ranidel De Ocampo also confirmed that he will no longer play for the national team.-IS, Kami Media