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Chris McCullough wonders to Gilas: ‘What we waiting on?’


Chris McCullough has been keeping tabs on Gilas even if he is in playing in Taiwan.

And two days after Gilas’ 88-63 loss to New Zealand in the 2023 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers’ second window, the former San Miguel import posted an Instagram story.

“What we waiting on?” read the caption.

McCullough, 27, had been hoping to get naturalized here in the Philippines since steering the Beermen to the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup title.2019-pba-commissioners-cup-qf-game-1-san-miguel-def-northport-chris-mccullough-2 Chris McCullough wonders to Gilas: 'What we waiting on?' 2023 FIBA World Cup Basketball Gilas Pilipinas News  - philippine sports news

Since his stint with San Miguel, he has played for Anyang KGC (Korea), Rytas Vilnius (Lithuania), Al-Ahli (Bahrain), and Gigantes de Carolina (Puerto Rico).

The 6-foot-10 power forward out of New York is currently playing for New Taipei in the P.LEAGUE+, norming 22.6 points, 9.6 rebounds, and 1.2 blocks in five games played for the Kings.

Back in early 2020, Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas president Al Panlilio had been in contact with the 29th overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft.

In the current Gilas pool, only 6-foot-11 Angelo Kouame is slotted in the naturalized position.

2023-FIBA-World-Cup-Qualifiers-Philippines-vs-New-Zealand-Angelo-Kouame Chris McCullough wonders to Gilas: 'What we waiting on?' 2023 FIBA World Cup Basketball Gilas Pilipinas News  - philippine sports news

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Under Tab Baldwin’s Gilas, he normed 10.0 points and 6.4 rebounds in the 2021 FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers and 13.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 1.5 blocks per game in the Olympic Qualifying Tournament-Belgrade.

His numbers though dipped in the World Cup Qualifiers under Chot Reyes, averaging 5.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 1.5 blocks per game.

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