Clarkson, Fontecchio and NAW shine in FIBA World Cup Qualifiers
As NBA players begin to polish their respective summer workouts in preparation for the start of training camp in late September, a handful of players are already in play mode.
As another round of the FIBA Basketball World Cup Qualifiers took place last week, three members of the Jazz are well ahead of schedule.
Here’s how Jordan Clarkson, Simone Fontecchio and Nickeil Alexander-Walker all fared with their respective nations.
Jordan Clarkson | Philippines
By far the most important name on the Philippines’ roster, Clarkson made his presence felt by leading the Gilas to a 1-1 record during the period.
He averaged 25 points, 6.5 assists and 5.5 rebounds in the two games, shooting 41.2% from beyond the arc.
Sitting 3-3 in qualifying, the Philippines clinched their World Cup spot.
Simone Fontecchio | Italy
Playing on an Italian national team with several NBA players, Fontecchio continues to be the bright spot.
He was Italy’s top scorer in both games going 2-0 during the period, keeping pace for Spain to stay top of Group L at 5-1.
Fontecchio averaged 20.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists, showing his scoring ability at all three levels. He shot 60 percent from three-point territory while continuously attacking the rim (17 for 20 from the free throw line).
Nickeil Alexander-Walker | Canada
While Canada went 2-0 in both games of the qualifying period, NAW only played in the first game.
Starting alongside fellow NBA players Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Dwight Powell and Kelly Olynyk, NAW helped Canada to a 99-87 win over Argentina. He finished with eight points and four rebounds, shooting 2 of 3 from beyond the arc.
Canada remains undefeated in Group E and should easily qualify for the World Cup after the next round of matches.