There are no questions on the commitment and interest of the Lakers young point guard Jordan Clarkson in playing for his home country and representing it in international basketball competition.
Clarkson who have visited the Philippines a number of times was close to suiting up for the Philippines but was held back due to regulations and restrictions of FIBA. Clarkson's mom is a Filipina and he has held a Philippine passport since he was twelve but for some reason, there still were some issues.
While Clarkson can already play as a naturalized player, it is not ideal since the Philippines had a lot of good front court players that can compete at the international level. Our issue is the size hence, we recruited and naturalized big man Andre Blatche.
If Jordan Clarkson will be allowed to play, it will give the Philippines a big boost as we will have two NBA players on the roster.