ST. John’s Institute mainstay Daniel Coo was recently-named as Visayas Most Outstanding Player for the U-16 category during the first ever Elite 60 Development Camp held at the Colegio de San Agustin Gym in Makati.
Coo is among the 60 best high school basketball players throughout the entire archipelago gathered in Manila for the said event.
With Coo in the U-16 were Ralph Angelo Panlilio from Pangasinan; Leonardo Villanueva from Zamboanga; Justine Sanchez, Justine Biag, Cris Lawrence Castañeda, and Muro Ami Fermin from Tarlac; Cyrian Boniao and Kent Gelogo from Cagayan de Oro; Rey Tristan Fuentes, Christian Rafael Manulat, Leobert Casinillo, Anskie Espina, Lowell Chan, Michael Jhaye Jordan, and John Edward Aguilar from Cebu; and Darren Sytin, Joaquin Jaymalin, Jonas Salandanan, Miguel Sahali, Gabriel Reyes, Ernest John Felicilda, Jorick Kyle Bautista, King Balaga, King Vinoya, Lloyd Oliva and Jessie Arciaga from Manila.
“I am very proud of the achievement of Daniel. He came home with 3 trophies being named outstanding player from the Visayas, Mythical 5 and member of the Elite 60 All-Stars,” said Dennis Coo, father of Daniel.
The elder Coo also disclosed that with his son’s stint as member of the Batang Gilas pool helped him a lot in term of experience and maturity. “I hope this will encourage him to train seriously as he was also selected as part of the Philippine basketball team to the 9th ASEAN School Game scheduled July 13-21, 2017 in Singapore,” he added.
For camp director and former Philippine National Youth Team coach Eric Altamirano, the Elite 60 Development Camp is designed to identify young talent who will be earmarked for the national team. “The EDC program is designed to give others a chance to be seen when they otherwise will not be noticed. We just have so much talent all over the country. This program will enhance our national teams and provide opportunities and fuel dreams of kids in the provinces,” he added.
Also featured during the camp were players in the Under-18.
The Elite 60 Development Camp is an official grassroots program of the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas with support from the MVP Sports Foundation.*