There is interest to have Fil-American cager Jordan Clarkson for the Philippine basketball team.
The Philippine Olympic Committee has confirmed the inclusion of Clarkson’s name in the 18-man roster for the 2018 Asian Games that the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas has submitted to the organizers.
“We’re interested in inviting Jordan. It’s the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas that’s making arrangements,” said Vargas.
Clarkson is playing for the Cleveland Cavaliers in the National Basketball Association averaging 13.9 points, 2.7 assists, and 2.7 rebounds in the 2017-18 regular season.
The SBP is involved in discussions with the Cavaliers management to get Clarkson released for the Asian Games.
Since the next NBA season will be in October, Clarkson will have a window of opportunity to represent the country.
If Jordan is allowed, he could be the Philippines’ flag-bearer.
The present roster of the national squad includes the core of the Rain or Shine team as the composition of the regular national team (Gilas Pilipinas) was decimated by the suspensions handed by the FIBA on 10 players ranging from one to six-game bans as a result of the team’s brawl against the Australia Boomers during their FIBA World Cup Qualifier last July 2 at the Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan.
Japeth Aguilar and Matthew Wright were slapped a one-game suspension each; Terence Romeo, Jayson Castro William, Andray Blatche and Jeth Rosario with three games each; and Roger Pogoy, Carl Cruz and Jio Jalalon were sanctioned for five games each, while Calvin Abueva was given the stiffest penalty of six games, due to a previous incident of unsportsmanlike behavior in a FIBA competition.