Fil-Am Jordan Clarkson To Play with Gilas?
By Jojo Fugaban
The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) is hopeful on the addition of Jordan Clarkson, 23, a Filipino-American professional basketball player currently playing for L.A. Lakers in the NBA.
Officially, the line-up of the 24-man pool bound for FIBA Asia Championship (sets to take place on September 23 to October 3, 2015 in Changsha, China), has been released with Clarkson in the list.
The pool consists of naturalized player Andre Blatche, Jimmy Alapag, Gabe Norwood, Calvin Abueva, Ranidel de Ocampo, Jason Castro, Gary David, Asi Taulava, Matt Ganuelas-Rosser, Terrence Romeo, Dondon Hontiveros, Moala Tautuaa, Marc Pingris, Kiefer Ravena, LA Tenorio, and Bobby Ray Parks, Junmar Fajardo, Marcio Lassiter, Aldrech Ramos, Troy Rosario, JC Intal and Jordan Clarkson.
Playing with the Lakers for two years now, along with Kobe Bryant, he is currently in the country as the endorser for Smart Communications and to practice with the Gilas as an observer.
“At the moment, he’s not yet cleared as he has pending issues, like the approval of the LA Lakers and his FIBA eligibility,” said SBP executive Sonny Barrios pointed out. “But what’s positive is that he’s shown interest and he’s flying 10,000 miles to immerse with us.”
The 6-5 guard needs to pass scrutiny regarding his eligibility. SBP recently confirmed that he carries 2 Philippine passports – the old (green) and new (dark maroon). His mom, Annette, is from Angeles, Pampanga, while his dad, Mike, is originally from Tampa, Florida.
Clarkson made his first visit to the country last summer and expressed his intentions of playing for the Philippine flag. Gilas Pilipinas just arrived Monday from Estonia, where they joined the first invitational 2015 Toyota 4 Nations Cup held last week. Unfortunately, the team came home winless.