Jordan Clarkson ‘safe to play’ for Gilas in World Cup: SBP

IF Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) is to be believed, Jordan Clarkson is sure to play for Gilas Pilipinas in Fiba World Cup 2023.

How will Fiba rank Jordan Clarkson in Gilas?

The question now is whether he will be considered a local or naturalized player?

That’s the biggest mystery the federation has left behind after issuing a lengthy statement on Friday calling for unity among its stakeholders about a year away from the World Hoops Expo.

“Utah Jazz guard Jordan Clarkson is sure to play in the World Cup and will likely join Gilas in the fourth window against Lebanon in Beirut on August 25 and Saudi Arabia at MOA Arena on August 29 but will not be available for the other two windows and SEA Games,” he wrote.

Gilas head coach and program director Chot Reyes earlier announced the availability of the 2021 NBA Sixth Man of the Year winner for the national team as he expects to prepare for the fourth Fiba World Cup 2023 Asian Qualifiers window in August.

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The fifth window in November, the sixth window in February next year and the 31st Southeast Asian Games in Cambodia in May are all ruled out for Clarkson, with the NBA season still underway at that time.

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His inclusion should certainly lift the spirits of the Philippines, as the 6ft 4in gunner last donned the national colors at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta.

But that can come at a price.

If Fiba hasn’t cleared Clarkson as a local yet, that means Gilas won’t have the luxury of having someone like Ange Kouame or one of our naturalized player options once the World Cup is in. August next year.


Clarkson will fill the designated naturalized player spot for the Philippines, much like Christian Standhardinger, Mo Tautuaa and Stanley Pringle have done in the past.

This August window should offer some clarity for Gilas, as it could dictate Clarkson’s actual status when it comes to Fiba-sanctioned tournaments.

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