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    Quote Originally Posted by kamokamo View Post
    Actually, I'm not talking about those kids like Kobe or Japeth who we know don't have any issues on the financial side. My point is, if the reason why Pinoy athletic kids can't go or even try US because they don't have the financial resources, to me, that's something that can be worked out. Some of these kids are probably not living or away from their families anyway. Why not try US where you can get a good education (on a scholarship ala Japeth, or you are that good), and play the sport you love? If everything else fails, you always have the PBA as a fallback.
    The allusion to Japeth and Kobe were not on the financial aspect, but on their supposed "chance" of making it by virtue of their potential. Let's admit it, many people were high on them. That is why I said earlier it has to be a combination of physical attributes, talent and mentality to actually make it there. They unfortunately set the bar a bit high for our own good.

    I get what you're saying. I think the best way to entice our prospects to trying their luck in the US is to assure them they'd be getting the same benefits they would by playing locally instead of them spending their own fortune, a sponsorship perhaps. It is a matter of being smart rather than not having the guts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dotch View Post
    Pinoy HS Blue Chippers rarely, if not at all, go out of the country because these kids and their family become comfortable with all the "compensation" and adulation they get.

    And also, these compensation trickle down from the blue-chipper up to:

    1. Parents
    2. Agents and handlers masquerading as guardians
    3. Entourage (masseuse, tape guys, trainers, p/r staff, make-up artists, girlfriends)

    so why go, if you and your people are sitting on a goldmine.


    And also, lots of money is riding on the kid, directly or indirectly

    1. Schools
    2. Boosters
    3. Sponsors
    4. And in some cases, ABS-CBN


    so you can just imagine why Jaja Santiago, if reports were true, turned down a scholarship offer from UCLA. She'll just be a tall volleyball player in campus vs the face of NU and PHL volleyball here.
    Economics made up half of the correct and practical decision in every endeavor. African athletes are living in a much reduced circumstances compared to Filipinos. Additionally, Philippines have a thriving basketball and volleyball industry as opposed to the sports sector in some African countries except football.

    The Japeth and Kobe experiment was an eye opener to us. We realized that height and skillset does not guarantee a player's success to make it to the NBA, maybe previously when NBA isn't global. The World Cup exposure proves that we are have the talent and skills to compete to a higher level. So now, identifying and developing that talent is another thing.

    If Only Kobe has the BB IQ of Keifer or Keifer has the Physique of Parks; If JF has the athleticism of Japeth or Vice versa. JGDL has the speed of Castro. Castro was as tall as JGDL. If Willie Miller grew up in States. Lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alcan View Post
    Economics made up half of the correct and practical decision in every endeavor. African athletes are living in a much reduced circumstances compared to Filipinos. Additionally, Philippines have a thriving basketball and volleyball industry as opposed to the sports sector in some African countries except football.

    The Japeth and Kobe experiment was an eye opener to us. We realized that height and skillset does not guarantee a player's success to make it to the NBA, maybe previously when NBA isn't global. The World Cup exposure proves that we are have the talent and skills to compete to a higher level. So now, identifying and developing that talent is another thing.

    If Only Kobe has the BB IQ of Keifer or Keifer has the Physique of Parks; If JF has the athleticism of Japeth or Vice versa. JGDL has the speed of Castro. Castro was as tall as JGDL. If Willie Miller grew up in States. Lol.
    So true. Being a basketball crazy nation is turning to be a "curse" to us. Our players are sitting in a gold mine, bring with it the celebrity treatments they're getting. Heck, even NBA doesn't even bother "help" us get one player to the NBA. They know, even without a pure pinoy, we will follow NBA no matter what, no marketing gimmicks needed, if you know what I mean...

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    Good documentary on how Camaroon is developing their basketball

    At 5:16 talks about how much focus they had on going to the states even emailing coaches and sending video of themselves to get a scholarship.

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    Even Mongolia is sending their talented kids to the US:



    Kid stands 6'6", plays G/F, AND belongs to the class of 2022. Which means he might be below 16 right now. Not sure if he's related to Mongolian Sharavjamts "Shark" Tserejankhar who was a 7'0" center with forward moves in the 90s.
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