FIBA: Time running out on Clarkson as 11-man Gilas heads to Spain camp

Paul Lintag on Aug 03, 2019 09:25 PM
Time running out on Clarkson as Gilas heads to Spain camp
The Philippines will open the World Cup in exactly four weeks against Italy and there’s still no concrete word on the status of Clarkson, who as of right now is still considered a naturalized player if he plays for Gilas. (Photo c/o @jordanclarksons on IG)

Gilas Pilipinas is still hopeful to have Jordan Clarkson in the 2019 FIBA World Cup but the clock is ticking for the Cleveland Cavalier.

The Philippines will open the World Cup in exactly four weeks against Italy and there’s still no concrete word on the status of Clarkson, who as of right now is still considered a naturalized player if he plays for Gilas.

Of course, the hope is for him to count as a local so he can pair up with Andray Blatche to create a dream Gilas combo.

“Wala pa naghihintay pa rin tayo,” head coach Yeng Guiao said of Clarkson.

“Still hopeful but we're running out of time,” he added.

The national team is headed to Spain Sunday to start its longest and most important training camp ahead of the World Cup.

Joining Gilas in Europe are Andray Blatche, Japeth Aguilar, Mark Barroca, Beau Belga, Robert Bolick, Poy Erram, Paul Lee, Gabe Norwood, CJ Perez, Matthew Wright, and Kiefer Ravena.

San Miguel and TNT players are out because of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals while Raymond Almazan can’t make the trip because of visa issues.

“This is an important stage for our preparation. This is a time where we can really focus 100 percent on what we need to do, on the system that we're trying to set up,” Guiao said.

“We'll just try to get all the work done to put this team together in the 8 days that we're in Spain. There's also really good competition there so masusukat na natin kung talagang handa na tayo,” he added.

 

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