Filipino Kris Rosales working out with NBA teams

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No Japeth? No problem. While the new Ginebra forward is busy reppin our flag with Gilas, a new name emerges as the first potential Filipino to have a shot at the NBA. Kris Rosales is a 22 year old pure Filipino who has been working out with several NBA teams in hopes of landing a contract. The 6 foot PG from Hope International University was also the GSAC player of the year. SLAM has the exclusive on what’s going on with Kris.

SLAM: How did you start out playing ball?

Kris Rosales: I started playing basketball in the backyard of my house around the age of 4. My dad, Nielon Rosales, built a basketball court for my brother Nayton and I. I joined my first basketball league when I was about 7 years old in the city of Bellflower, CA.


SLAM: Go through your basketball career so far.

KR: Well I played for St. Bernard Catholic School before attending St. John Bosco High School in Bellflower, CA. I played one year of JV basketball and three years of varsity basketball at St. John Bosco under Coach Chris Madigan. After high school, I accepted a scholarship from Coach Bill Czech to play at NAIA Division 1 school, Hope International University.

– One man who has taken Kris under his wing is Coach Leo Balayon, who has helped out a couple names doing well here in Japeth Aguilar and Matt Ganuelas-Rosser. Balayon is also high on another trainee of his, Leo Devera from San Sebastian (6’4, plays multiple positions). Balayon says he’s known Rosales for 3 years and is a great PG in the mold of LA Tenorio. “Last year when Kris was working out with Japeth, former Lakers Assistant Coach Jim Cleamons was really impressed with him. I always knew Kris was good but at that point I realized how special he was.”

SLAM: How did you meet Coach Leo?

KR:  I met Coach Leo Balayon when we played his team during the pre-season of my Junior year at Hope International University. After the game we got in contact with each other and have been friends since. He has been training a variety of players and is very good at it.

SLAM: I heard you’re working out for some NBA teams, which ones and how’s that going?

KR: Yes, I have worked out in front of the Toronto Raptors scout twice, once in Fullerton and the other in LA. I worked out for the Sacramento Kings at a local high school in Sacramento were I was working out with Don Sellers and Guss Armstead. Recently, I worked out with the LA Clippers at their practice facility and a day later I flew to New Jersey to workout with the Brooklyn Nets at their facility. It has been a great experience because I have been able to measure myself against some potential first and second round picks in this year’s NBA Draft. I have the chance to see what I am good at and what I need to work on which is very important. Other than that, I am just trying to enjoy this experience because it does not happen all the time. I have been blessed to meet some great NBA players in Blake Griffin, Deron Williams, and recently retired Jason Kidd.


SLAM: Any plans of playing in the P.I.?

KR: Yes, at some point in my career I would love to play in the Philippines. I have some friends who play in the PBA and I always ask them questions because I want to know what it is like out there. Ryan Reyes and Karl Dehesa are victims of my questions, but I only do it because I look up to them.


SLAM: What’s the short term plan for you now?

KR: I am currently awaiting to see if I will be able to make an NBA Summer League team. If that doesn’t happen then my agent, Ara Vartanian and I, will focus on the NBA D-League Draft. In the mean time, I will keep working hard every day to improve all aspects of my game. Whatever happens, I just want to thank my family, Nielon, Jean, and Nayton Rosales because they have made this journey great with their support. I want to thank my girlfriend, Hillary Brown, because she has supported me whether I have a good or bad game for the last 7 years.

–Check out this vid of Kris in action.

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  • PBA Flying A

    baket pure. does it make part-fils any less pinoy?

    • JD

      Kasi kaya ginagamit ung term na “pure” not because of racism but because usually pure pinoy is physically challenged in terms of height and athleticism.

      • James Watdapak

        got it right there bro

  • John Edward Capinpin

    he got game.

  • rocky

    also named as naia div 1 1st team all american not to mention other athletic title received after finishing his college degree.

  • Jerry Buena

    Go kris go…!! Kaya mo yan…!!!

  • Kevin Eraño Alonzo Maynes

    he’s good, but i noticed he’s a shoot first player, just like stephen curry. I hope yung shooting outside nya mag improve pa. he’s a dribble first then shoot and i want to see if may set shot sya….

    (based lang to sa nakita ko sa video ha)

  • Emmanuel Palad

    that’s great news for philippine basketball.

  • LeMarvae Staples

    ayyeee Krisss!!! dope bro!!

  • George Cordero de Jesus

    hope to see you wear the gilas uniform somedy

  • Green Scout Ranger

    rebound, 4 assist not bad If he wants more success he should move a bigger league like the NCAA basketball need to change school so he will improve time to move UCLA university coz he is closer his family or home about 45 minutes to drive. climb to ladder bro or too late

  • Cris Guintu

    Looking Good young man, wishing you the best and hope all your dreams come true!!