Dwight Ramos works to be a vocal leader for Gilas

Dwight Ramos for Gilas Pilipinas. FIBA PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines — Dwight Ramos has already proven what he can do on the basketball court for Gilas Pilipinas and now program director Tab Baldwin wants his handyman to be more present in the locker room.

Gilas had a series of injuries with the captain Lucky King, Matt Nieto and Dave Ildefonso all coming out with various blows absorbed in training.

Suerte is the obvious leader, but Nieto is also a vocal figure of the team and Baldwin wants Ramos to take his place.

“With Dwight Ramos, it’s always a wish for us. He still has a personality that is not voice oriented and that needs to change. It’s a drum we’ve been beating, it’s slowly changing, so that’s what it is, ”Baldwin said.

“He knows it’s his job.

Ramos averaged 12.7 points, 5.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.7 steals in his three games in the 2021 Fiba Asian Cup qualifiers.

A first glance at the 6-foot-4 Ramos would make someone think he’s an outgoing person, but the bruising up front is the opposite of his initial perception.

“Coach Tab challenged me to be more of a leader, to be more vocal. This is something that I have tried to work on. I’m not the loudest person, but I try, ”said Ramos, who transferred from Cal Poly Pomona to Ateneo two years ago.

“Over time I hope I become more of a vocal guy for these young players because I maybe have a little more experience than them at the international level,” added Ramos.

Ramos said he learned from former Gilas captain Kiefer Ravena.

“I’m pretty close to Kiefer. If I have any questions, I’ll just go to Kiefer. Kiefer was named our captain this time around, ”said Ramos.

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