Despite not playing even a single minute for Ateneo in UAAP and after an outstanding stint in the FIBA Asia Cup 2021 Qualifiers which waylaid Thailand, Gilas Pilipinas coach Jong Uichico considers Dwight Ramos PBA-ready.

/ 7 December 2020

“I think he’s PBA-ready kasi magagamit at magagamit siya eh. Kung sa Gilas nga, nagagamit siya eh, what more doon sa PBA where he will really be a factor,” Uichico shared in a statement.

The Gilas Pilipinas coach further complimented Ramos by comparing him to his former player at San Miguel Danny Seigle.

With Ramos standing 6-foot-5, he has shown immense prowess to play in both the wings and the guard positions.

“He’s not very quick but he’s athletic. Ang lakas ng katawan kasi niya eh, and at the point guard, he’s not only a scoring point guard, he has great vision for a point guard which medyo nawawala na ngayon,” said the 58-year-old coach.

Ngayon medyo scoring point guard or facilitator pero siya, ibang dimension siya kasi he can create. He’s not quick, but he’s strong, he can create, he can pass the ball, and he can make the shots especially if he has a lot of great players around him,” he continued.

Uichico did not expect the performance Ramos had played in Manama since the latter was always silent and a team-player in training scrimmages. 

“Honestly, hindi ko naman siya kilala. I know na ni-recruit siya ng Ateneo but that’s all I know about him and yung mga highlight videos niya, yun lang ang kilala ko. I didn’t know how good he was. He is not very impressive in practice eh kasi team player siya eh. Doon ko lang talaga siya nakilala and nakausap,” said the nine-time PBA champion.

But during the first game against the Thais, Ramos already rampaged with his 20 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 steals overpowering Thailand, 93-61.

“That first game really surprised me that yes, he does a little bit of all nakaka-score, depensa, ang ganda ng vision niya, so he gives you an all-around performance,” Uichico averred.

Then completing a sweep over Thailand, he finished with a 13 points and 5 rebounds performance in the Philippines’ 93-69 victory last Monday. 

Uichico sees big potential and a golden future for Gilas Pilipinas heading into the 2023 Fiba World Cup.