BALDWIN LOOKS FORWARD TO HEADING TAKING LEADERSHIP ROLE FOR GILAS PILIPINAS
Being exposed to international competitions, Jordan Heading will be expected by Gilas Pilipinas program director Tab Baldwin to transform his expertise into leadership.
“We want him to be a little bit more vocal with his leadership because he has good experience,” Baldwin said during a prior episode of Spin Zoom In.
“He has come out of the Australian system where they really emphasized the fundamentals and team play. He fits in nicely,” he added.
Heading had a stint with the national youth team Alab Pilipinas in the ASEAN Basketball League 2019-20 season before it was cancelled due to the Covid-19 outbreak.
He was also a member of the Batang Gilas team that placed fourth in the 2011 Fiba Asia Under-16 Championship in Nha Trang, Vietnam.
The 25-year old Fil-Australian was a product of California Baptist University where he played five years in the US NCAA averaging 15.23 points, 3.87 rebounds, 2.61 assists while shooting 46.1 percent from the floor and 36.1% from deep during his senior year.
He was selected as the first overall pick in the PBA Season 46 special Gilas Draft and is set to join Terrafirma after fulfilling his Gilas duties.
Equipped with his experience on the international basketball stage, Baldwin is expecting him to assume the leadership role in the national team given his potential.
“He is a bigger guard. He is a tremendous shooter. He sees the floor very well. He is a better than average defender. And I think what we are learning from Jordan is that he is a very competitive guy. We see the evolution of a winner in Jordan,” said Baldwin.
Gilas Pilipinas is currently at their bubble training camp at Inspire Sports Academy in Laguna as they prepare for the FIBA Asia Cup 2021 qualifiers in Clark, Pampanga on June 16 to 20, as well as the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Belgrade, Serbia on June 29 to July 4.