Johnson needs FIBA approval to suit up for Indonesia in 2017 SEABA

Paul Lintag on May 12, 2017 05:11 PM
Johnson needs FIBA approval to suit up for Indonesia
Jamarr Johnson (in white shirt and black pants) sat out Indonesia's opening game in the 2017 SEABA Championships.

Manila, Philippines --- Aside from the Philippines, Indonesia was set to play a naturalized player in the 2017 SEABA Championships.

However, as the Indonesians crushed Singapore to open tournament play Friday at the Araneta Coliseum here, no such naturalized player was seen on the floor.

Turns out 6'5" Jamarr Johnson, Indonesia's reinforcement, has yet to be cleared by FIBA.

"I was notified this morning during practice. It was shocking," Johnson said as he was forced to sit out Indonesia's rousing 71-50 victory over the Singaporeans.

"I felt kind of disappointed at first but [as] they say, everything takes time. Hopefully, it does now stagnate the process [of me] playing in the SEABA too much," he added

Johnson, who plays in the Indonesian Basketball League, is hoping he can suit up for Indonesia for SEABA.

Indonesia plays Malaysia Saturday and will take on Gilas Pilipinas on May 18.

"The federation has already showed the documentation. I'm keeping my fingers crossed, I'm praying," Johnson said.



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