Fil-Nigerian prospect AJ Edu in talks with SBP to join Gilas program

Young Fil-Nigerian prospect AJ Edu quietly slipped into town hoping to strike a deal with the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) to join the Gilas program. 

Batang Gilas manager Andrew Teh said that Edu will be in the country until Monday. But the prospect of the 6-foot-9 prodigy teaming up with another Fil-foreign talent giant Ethan Kirkness won’t happen next year as Edu will turn 17 next year.

“He’s okay for the FIBA Asia U18 sa 2018,” Teh told FOX Sports on Wednesday. “We’re working on it (agreement).”

The 15-year old, athletic Edu has been on the Gilas radar in the last 2 years and just last year, he renewed his Philippine passport making him eligible to play for the country in FIBA-sanctioned tournaments.

Edu, whose mother Josie hails from Surigao, has  played for the Bristol Flyers cadet team, a known farm team of the British junior national team, in the British Basketball League and for Swansea Storm in Wales League, last season.

Aj’s father Ayotunde Edu, who is 6-8, used to be a basketball player in Nigeria and now serves as high school basketball coach in Wales.

The UK-based Edu is scheduled to attend the PBA games Wednesday night at the Smart Araneta Colliseum. – By Alder Almo

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