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Philippines select rising stars for FIBA 3x3 World Cup 2017
MANILA (FIBA 3x3 World Cup 2017) – Raymar Jose, Kobe Paras, Kiefer Ravena and Jeron Teng will represent the Philippines at the FIBA 3x3 World Cup 2017, in Nantes, France on June 17-21.
The Philippines stole the headlines by naming a young talented team for the FIBA 3x3 World Cup 2017.
While Filipino teams have been successful on the FIBA 3x3 professional circuit with back-to-back trips to the FIBA 3x3 World Tour with the Terrence Romeo-led Manila West in 2014 and the Calvin Abueva-led Manila North in 2015, they have yet to reach the quarter-finals of the FIBA 3x3 World Cup.
For their first appearance at the event last year, the Philippines finished 9th overall.
Ironically the youngest player on the roster will come with the largest 3x3 experience. 19-year-old Kobe Paras is no stranger to 3x3, having played in 2 FIBA 3x3 U18 World Cups (in 2013 and 2015) and won 2 gold medals there in the Dunk Contest.
Kiefer Ravena and Jeron Teng (both 23) already represented Philippines in an exhibition game at the FIBA 3x3 All Stars in 2015.
Ravena, Teng and Raymar Jose (24) all had a very successful career in the country. Paras – the son of a Filipino basketball legend turned actor – left the Philippines after high school and now plays college basketball in the US.
The Philippines are seeded in a loaded Pool B with the last 2 FIBA 3x3 European champions (Romania  and Slovenia ), not to mention the French hosts and El Salvador.
This said, the Philippines upset Romania at the FIBA 3x3 World Cup last season.