Former Missouri Tigers goalkeeper Jordan Clarkson to play at international level in FIBA ​​Qualifiers for Philippines

Former Missouri Tigers goaltender and current Utah Jazz player Jordan Clarkson is set to play for the Philippines in the fourth window of the FIBA ​​2023 Qualifiers in August, the Philippine Basketball Federation announced on Friday. , Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas.

“Utah Jazz guard Jordan Clarkson is sure to play in the World Cup,” the SBP said in a statement.

Clarkson, whose mother is of Filipino descent, played for the national team in 2018. He has dual citizenship with the Philippines and the United States. Clarkson will be considered a “naturalized” played for Filipinos, as he was not born in the country.

“The only thing Jordan will bring to the team is gravity,” national team head coach Chot Reyes said. PlayItRight TV. “Just by being him on the pitch, the other team is really going to worry about stopping him.”

The Philippine national team finished the second round of the third qualifying window with a 2-2 record. The team will face Lebanon on August 25 and Saudi Arabia on August 29.

Clarkson only played one season at Mizzou after transferring from Tulsa in 2012 and spending his freshman year redshirted at Columbia. He started all 35 games for the Tigers in his only season, averaging 17.5 points, 3.8 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.1 steals on 45% shooting.

But he used that productive 2013-14 campaign to earn himself a second-round selection in the 2014 NBA Draft. After being traded to the Los Angeles Lakers on draft night, Clarkson learned under the wing of legendary Kobe Bryant before being named to the 2015 All-Rookie First Team.

Clarkson played three full seasons with the Lakers before being traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2017-18 season. He was part of the Cavs team led by LeBron James that advanced to the 2018 NBA Finals.

Clarkson has found his place among the league’s most underrated stars over the past three seasons with the Utah Jazz. Starting just one game with the team in the 2020-21 season, Clarkson averaged a career-high 18.4 points off the bench, which helped him earn the league’s sixth man award. year 2021.

After averaging double digits every year he’s been in the league, Clarkson is entering his ninth season. But he will target the FIBA ​​stage later this summer as he aims to bring international success to the Philippines.

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