MVP to push for Jordan Clarkson eligibility ahead of Fiba

SAMAHANG Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) are now stepping up their efforts to get Jordan Clarkson considered a local in hopes of fielding the Utah Jazz guard in the Gilas Pilipinas roster for the 2023 Fiba World Cup.

Gilas coach Chot Reyes has laid bare the federation brass led by President Emeritus Manny V. Pangilinan is set to meet Fiba Central Board to reopen dialogue regarding eligibility status of the 2021 NBA Sixth Man award winner.

“Not only are we making moves, but we’re making very serious moves,” he told Radyo5. Power and play with Noli Eala. “The President MVP is planning a trip to Geneva in March or April to personally lobby to allow Jordan to play as a local and that’s how serious we are.”


Clarkson’s case has long been a bone of contention between the Philippines and Fiba over the rule that only players who acquired passports before the age of 16 can be considered locals for the countries they wish to represent. .

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However, there have been exceptions that Fiba has granted in the past, particularly in the case of Greg Slaughter who was declared a local in September 2018 even though the Fil-German failed to acquire a Filipino passport before. to be 16 years old.

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Others, however, were not so lucky. Among those who failed to get clearances from Fiba were Christian Standhardinger, Stanley Pringle and Mo Tautuaa who in the past ended up playing for Gilas as naturalized players.

Clarkson had the chance to don the national colors once, at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta, where Gilas ended up in fifth place under coach Yeng Guiao.

Reyes hopes that Fiba will finally decide in favor of the Philippines in this case.

“I hope we can get him to play as a local so he can play with Ange. [Kouame],” he said.


But it’s not just Clarkson who will benefit if there is a change of tone from Fiba, with Kansas guard Remy Martin also waiting in the wings.

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“We know Remy isn’t eligible, but if things change and we’re suddenly able to, the SBP is pushing for a review of the eligibility rules, you’ll never know,” Reyes said Thursday. Rotate Zoom in episode.

Martin, who withdrew from the NBA Draft to play one last year in the NCAA for the Jayhawks, was included in Reyes’ famous “23 for 2023” cadet list in 2018.

His potential addition could only strengthen Gilas’ backcourt in the future, although for now Clarkson’s case is a primary concern, especially with the Fiba World Cup 2023 fast approaching.

“Di pwedeng mawala si Jordan. Jordan must be there,” he said.

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