Schonny Winston of De La Salle University (UAAP Media)


Schonny Winston was delighted to receive clearance from FIBA to play as a local for the national team and someday don the Gilas Pilipinas jersey in international competitions.

The La Salle guard, who currently leads the Most Valuable Player race after the first round of the UAAP Season 85, couldn’t wait until he can officially join the Gilas pool after getting the green light from the basketball body.

“I have been approved by FIBA to play as a local and I’m just happy I get the opportunity hopefully one day to represent the Philippines and go out there and play hard,” said Winston. 

In the ongoing season that saw La Salle struggling midway, Winston remained the lone bright spot for the Taft-based crew in fighting for a spot in the playoffs. 

With the MVP lead currently on his name, Winston would rather anchor his team to a championship — the same type of attitude he wishes to bring come the sixth window of the World Cup next year. 

“I’ll just put on the jersey, it’ll mean a lot to me.  So, I’m very very happy about being cleared. Just thankful,” he concluded. 

Source: Manila Bulletin (