No decision has been made yet regarding the Cleveland Cavalier’s status with the Philippine national team
By Nicole Ganglani | Photo from fiba.basketball
The guard told reporters after Monday’s loss to the Los Angeles Clippers that he hopes he gets to suit up for the Philippine team in the Federation International Basketball Association (FIBA) World Cup happening this summer in China.
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Clarkson obtained his Filipino passport when he was 16 years old, and so, by FIBA standards, the 26-year-old is not a Filipino citizen. The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) is awaiting the FIBA’s approval regarding Clarkson’s inclusion in the roster. As of press time, there hasn’t been any updates regarding his status.
Furthermore, SBP mentioned that they will be doing everything in their power to help Clarkson out. The SBP will also be appealing for 2017 Asian Games standouts Stanley Pringle and Christian Standhardinger.
Gilas Pilipinas (who is under Group D of the tournament versus basketball powerhouses Serbia, Italy, and Angola) would benefit from Clarkson if he gets the opportunity to don the blue and white this August.