Los Angeles Lakers Fil-Am point guard Jordan Clarkson might eventually get a chance to play for Gilas Pilipinas.
The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP), the national basketball federation of the Philippines, confirmed that Clarkson has a Philippine passport before turning 16, CNN Philippines reported.
Under FIBA rules, a foreign-born players could only play as a "local" if he was able to secure a passport from that country before turning 16 years old. Otherwise, he could only suit up as a "naturalized" player.
CNN Philippines asked SBP Executive Director Sonny Barrios if Clarkson does indeed have a Filipino passport and if he has had the passport before the age of 16.
“Yes to both questions,” Barrios said in a text message.
SBP director Sonny Barrios told Rappler that Clarkson and his camp submitted the needed documents required by FIBA to make him eligible to suit up for Gilas Pilipinas.
“It has been submitted to FIBA, who’s asking for supporting documents. As we speak, those are being submitted to them,” said Barrios.
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