Who is Remy Martin and how can he help Gilas Pillipinas?

He was named to the 2023 FIBA Basketball World Cup pool as early as 2018 by former national team head coach Chot Reyes.

He has piqued even the curiosity of coach Yeng Guiao for a possible inclusion in the current Gilas Pilipinas roster.

Some observers have dubbed him as the second coming of Stanley Pringle – a dual threat point guard that can fill up the stat line with points and assists.

But who is this kid, Remy Martin? Will he really be able to suit up for the Philippines’ senior men’s team?

Claim to fame

Born on June 16, 1998, Martin plays point guard for the Arizona State University (ASU), an NCAA Division I school competing in the Pac-12 Conference. The 6-foot court general, currently in his sophomore year, has certainly increased his level of play for the Sun Devils.

From 9.6 points per contest in the 2017-18 season, Martin has improved his scoring to 13.0 after just a year. Under the tutelage of Duke University legend and current ASU coach Bobby Hurley, Martin’s assist count has also increased – from 2.9 to 5.1 this season.

Last February 1, Martin dished out a career game to lead the Sun Devils to a 95-88 overtime victory over the Arizona Wildcats. The wily playmaker scored eight of his career-high 31 points in the extra period to help his team clobber their crosstown rivals.

Fit for Gilas Pilipinas?

Recognizing his roots, Martin has signified his intentions of someday donning the Pilipinas jersey. The youngest of three children of Mary Ann Macaspac and Sam Martin has yet to set foot on Philippine soil, but the bond with his Filipino relatives remain strong.

If Gilas Pilipinas is on the lookout for a guard that can distribute the leather and score buckets, Martin might just be the man for the job. Holding a dual citizenship and a desire to represent the Philippines, this second year ASU guard may share the floor someday with the other national team prospects.

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