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Friday, July 24, 2015

If Only The Fil-foreigners Can Play as Natural-Born Filipinos for Gilas

The FIBA eligibility rules state that for players born outside the country they wish to represent, they must satisfy two requirements: 1)either parent must still be a citizen of the country they wish to represent at the time of their birth, and 2)must have obtained the passport of the country they wish to represent before they reach the age of 16. 

Filipinos are known to populate various corners of the world and we can almost always find Filipinos of mixed descent in any continent. However not all of these mixed blood Filipinos can represent the Philippine basketball in official FIBA competitions since they do not always satisfy the eligibility rules of FIBA.

Chris Banchero, 5-11, Guard

PBA Season 40 Stats: 58 GP, 6.97 PPG, 4 RPG, 2.16 APG

Chris Banchero emerged as one of the top rookies of PBA Season 40 helping the Alaska Aces to two runner-up finishes in three conferences. The Fil-Italian guard is a confident point guard who can orchestrate the offense or provide firepower at either guard spot.

Chris Banchero
Chris Banchero
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Stanley Pringle, 6-0, Guard 

PBA Season 40 Stats: 31 GP, 14.03 PPG, 4.45 RPG, 3.94 APG, 1.48 SPG, 35.8% 3PFG

Stanley Pringle was the top rookie in PBA Season 40. Gilas could have used his shot-creating abilities and banked on the wealth of international experience he brings to the table.

Stanley Pringle
Stanley Pringle
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Sol Mercado, 6-0, Guard 

PBA Season 40 Stats: 32 GP, 8.5 PPG, 2.42 RPG, 3.84 APG

Sol Mercado has established himself as an elite guard in the Philippine Basketball Association. He did suit up for the Philippine team that won the 2012 Jones Cup where he averaged 5.63 points, 3.125 rebounds, and 2.875 assists in 8 games. But that would probably how far he could go in terms of representing the Philippines.

Sol Mercado
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Chris Ross, 6-1, Guard

PBA Season 40 Stats: 54 GP, 5.35 PPG, 2.95 RPG, 2.72 APG, 1.43 SPG

Chris Ross was recently named to the PBA's All-Defensive Team in Season 40.  Ross would have provided the Gilas backcourt with ragtag hassle.

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Alex Mallari, 6-4, Guard

PBA Season 40 Stats: 45 GP, 7.96 PPG, 4 RPG, 2.31 APG

6'4" Fil-American guard Alex Mallari thrived under the guidance of coach Tim Cone at Star. Gilas could have made good use of a 6'4" point guard who can also play the 2 and 3 spots.

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Scuba Holt, 6-4, Guard 

2014 NBA Summer League Stats: 5 GP, 8.6 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 2 APG, 1.2 SPG 

2015 NBA Summer League Stats: 6 GP, 7.8 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 1 APG, 1.5 SPG

Another U.S.-based Fil-American who has expressed willingness to play for the Philippines is recent NBA Summer League campaigner Stephen "Scuba" Holt, a 6'4" point guard. Gilas would have drooled at the prospect of a tall point guard.

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Chris Ellis, 6-5, Guard/Forward 

PBA Season 40 Stats: 22 GP, 4.05 PPG

Chris Ellis is fun to watch because of his athleticism. He can also provide good length at the off-guard position while not giving up too much in speed, quickness, and shooting. He did represent the gold-medal winning Philippine team at the 2011 South East Asian Games in Jakarta and won't represent the country again in an official FIBA competition as a natural-born player.

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Jordan Clarkson, 6-5, Guard/Forward

NBA 2014-15 Stats: 59 GP, 11.9 PPG, 3.2 RPG, 3.5 APG, 31.4% 3PFG, 82.9% FT

The Los Angeles Lakers' Jordan Clarkson, an All-Rookie Team awardee in the NBA this past season, has expressed interest in playing for the Philippines, his mother's home country. Sadly, he can only do so as a naturalized player as he has not obtained a Philippine passport before he turned 16.

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Cliff Hodge, 6-5, Forward

PBA Season 40 Stats: 40 GP, 9.43 PPG, 7.38 RPG, 1.93 APG, 1.4 BPG

Cliff Hodge has become a vital component of Meralco's campaign in the PBA. While he provides rebounding muscle down low, he also snipes quite accurately from outside. Gilas could have welcomed another multi-faceted talent in its roster. The best he could do is represent the Philippines at the 2011 Jakarta SEA Games where they won the gold.

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Joe Devance, 6-7, Forward

PBA Season 40 Stats: 45 GP, 10.4 PPG, 3.44 RPG, 2.56 APG, 32.3% 3PFG

Joe Calvin Devance is a burly power forward who has good handles and can take the outside shot. The best he could do in the 2013 Asian Championships in Manila was cheer from the stands.

Joe Devance
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Greg Slaughter, 7-0, Center

PBA Season 40 Stats: 32 GP, 14.84 PPG, 7.14 RPG, 1.25 APG

Seldom does a player as big as Greg Slaughter surface in the Philippines. It is but unfortunate that Greg Slaughter might not even be eligible to play as a natural-born Filipino in official FIBA tournaments. There is still a ray of hope though as his case may be appealed by virtue of his residency in the Philippines and the number of seasons he spent playing in Cebu and Manila. he has spent playing basketball locally even if he did not obtain a passport before he turned 16. He was also part of the Philippine team that won gold at the 2011 Jakarta SEA Games.

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1 comment:

Jude Brazil said...

Jordan Clarkson has a PHL passport when he was 12 years old. He can play as a local so remove him from that list