Division-1 bound prospect AJ Edu looks forward to putting on Gilas jersey again

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Posted at Apr 13 2018 05:00 PM

AJ Edu announced on Twitter that he will play NCAA Division 1 basketball for University of Toledo in Ohio.

In spite of the huge career move, the 6-foot-10 Filipino teenager with Nigerian roots didn't forget giving the Gilas Pilipinas program a shout-out.

In a lengthy post that appeared on his social-media account Sunday morning, Edu thanked his family, friends, coaches and teammates as he committed to the Rockets program.

Then he showed appreciation for Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas, the sport's national governing body that manages all Gilas teams.

"I want to thank the SBP for giving me the opportunity to represent and play for my country at the 3x3 u18 World Cup last year," Edu wrote.

"It definitely won't be the last time I put on the Filipino jersey."

AJ Edu in action during the FIBA 3X3 Under-18 World Cup. File/Courtesy of FIBA website

Edu has long been keen to play for the Philippine national basketball team since 2015.

He got his wish when he suited up for the FIBA 3x3 Under-18 World Cup in China in June-July 2017.

Prior to that, he scrimmaged with other Gilas players as the national-team coaches saw a glimpse of the future of Philippines basketball.

"It's amazing," Edu said at the time. "This is something that people dream of, an opportunity to come and train with the best players in the Philippines. It's really amazing."

He added: "I might be coming again. Hopefully, it will become something regular in the future. Right now, it's just an experience."

In February, Edu made a huge step in his development when he was invited to the Basketball Beyond Borders camp during the NBA All-Star weekend in California.

"It’s probably the highest level I’ve played with it’s been amazing. Some great coaches. Got to meet NBA players overall great experience," Edu said at the time.

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