EJ Calvo used many yrs undertaking all the study he can to develop the greatest men’s basketball workforce to represent Guam internationally.
In the system, Calvo — Team Guam head mentor and the president of the Guam Basketball Confederation — has arrive across several approaches for university student-athletes to go on playing the sport they like immediately after high college.
Recruiting past Guam’s shores was vital to Group Guam’s advancement above the additional than 9 decades that Calvo’s been in demand. But the foundation must get started in just its shores, he claimed. And that demands consistent consideration.
That has progressed into the all round purpose he has as he commences producing a basketball column that will be highlighted in the Pacific Every day News. It debuts July 23 and will operate biweekly, each and every other Friday.
“What I might like to do is increase on the alternatives for college student athletes from Guam to engage in following higher university,” claimed Calvo. “I have viewed a battle in the method, but I also have witnessed it evolving.”
The Bank of Guam men’s countrywide basketball group is in the throes of its most productive section in island history. It has a possibility to get paid its way into its initial FIBA Asia Cup 2021 match in history.
About the previous 5 many years, Guam’s achievements have integrated gold medals at the Micronesian Game titles, prosperous protection of a Pacific Online games gold in 2015, 3X3 Pacific Video games gold and a cleanse sweep at its very first FIBA-Asia event held in Bangkok, wherever it obliterated Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Macau and Fiji.
That general performance gained it a location in the FIBA Asia Cup 2021 prequalifier, where it was placed in a group pool that integrated regional powerhouses Australia and New Zealand as well as Hong Kong.
Guam gave New Zealand a operate in one particular match right before the pandemic and a lot more than 18 months later obtained a probability to complete pool play game titles.
The past two wins were being statistically gratifying as Guam crushed Hong Kong in 20- and 40-issue wins. Guam now has a possibility in August to contend with other 3rd-position pool engage in finishers for the last slots remaining in the FIBA Asia Cup 2021 bracket.
Already, Calvo is nurturing some of the 20-somethings players he hopes will be on Workforce Guam’s roster, and he’s bought his eye on large schoolers also. He hopes to challenge the greatest of them to request the match over and above Guam and hone their recreation at a bigger degree, greatest completed as a result of collegiate basketball.
Calvo is a merchandise of the course of action he advocates. Right after all-star a long time as an underclassman, he attended Saint Francis Significant Faculty in Mt. Perspective, California, the place he led his workforce to the Division II California Condition Championship in 1995.
He ongoing to play the match when attending Menlo College or university and stayed with the video game enjoying for Crew Guam.
His coaching career begun in two stints as assistant for the Father Duenas Friars just before his first head coaching gig for the national staff in 2012.
He sees the value of Guam gamers getting their recreation over and above the island’s shores.
Recent gamers — as Matt Fegurgur, Tomas Calvo, Takumi Simon, Chris Conner and Mike Sakazaki — are just a couple who still left Guam and designed their video games superior.
“It utilized to be the pondering was we had to perform Division I in purchase to thrive. We are even now growing out of that frame of mind,” explained Calvo.
“It would not make any difference what division you engage in or where you engage in it. What matters is becoming exposed to other players, other coaches, other styles of play and enhancing,” said Calvo. “Then when you’re completed with university or whichever you are undertaking, come again house and play for Crew Guam.”
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