Jordan Clarkson to strengthen Gilas Pilipinas for next FIBA Basketball World Cup qualifying window
Chot Reyes says NBA star Jordan Clarkson will replace Gilas Pilipinas against Lebanon and Saudi Arabia in the fourth window of the FIBA Basketball World Cup Asian Qualifiers.
MANILA, Philippines — Gilas Pilipinas will receive a well-deserved shot in the arm from an NBA player when he steps back into action.
Head Coach Chot Reyes has laid bare Jordan Clarkson who will strengthen the national team for the fourth window of the FIBA Basketball World Cup Asian Qualifiers in August.
Tied 2-2 in the first three windows, the Philippines will face Lebanon on August 25 and Saudi Arabia on August 29 to start the second round.
“We have learned that Jordan Clarkson will be joining the team to play 25 and 29,” Reyes said. PlayItRight TV Wednesday, July 20.
The addition of the Utah Jazz guard couldn’t have come at a better time for a national team beset by a series of misfortunes.
After a disappointing silver medal at the Southeast Asian Games in May, the Philippines missed the FIBA Asia Cup quarter-finals for the first time in 15 years after a 102-81 defeat against Japan on Tuesday.
The winner of the 2021 NBA Sixth Man of the Year, Clarkson last donned the national colors at the 2018 Asian Games and led the Philippines to fifth place, their best result in the continental encounter in 16 years.
But Clarkson – whose mother, Annette Tullao Davis, is Filipino-American – is still considered a naturalized player by FIBA. His grandmother Marcelina traces her roots to Pampanga.
Reyes also expressed his optimism about Kai Sotto’s participation for the fourth window after turning down an invitation to play in the Asian Cup.
The 7-foot-3 tall man was recently not selected in the NBA Draft.
“I hope Kai Sotto can make it happen this time.”
Keeping his focus on the bigger picture, Reyes said the upcoming international tournaments will give the national team an opportunity to assess potential players for the World Cup next year.
“We won’t start training until August 15 when everyone is available,” Reyes said. At least we’ll see other players, other players we can look at for 2023.” – Rappler.com