Jalen Green for Gilas? 'It could be a possibility' | Inquirer Sports

Jalen Green for Gilas? ‘It could be a possibility’

By: - Reporter / @BLozadaINQ
/ 07:17 PM August 13, 2020
Jalen Green

FILE – Jalen Green. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net

MANILA, Philippines—Despite the hurdles, Fil-American Jalen Green is still not discounting the possibility of suiting up for Gilas Pilipinas sometime in the future.

“It could be a possibility,” said Green in a Zoom press conference for the NBA Republika Playoffs Thursday.


Green is of Filipino descent. His mother Bree hails from Ilocos Sur and his maternal grandfather is a full-blooded Filipino, but wearing the Philippine colors in the 2023 Fiba World Cup still remains far fetched.

There are still doubts if Green had secured a Philippine passport before he turned 16. He has also already played for Team USA in junior Fiba tournaments.


Green, who is the top high school prospect of the 2020 class, won gold medals in the Under-19 and Under-17 World Cups, where he was even named the MVP.

“I’ve won medals with Team USA, only time will tell at this point,” said Green. “I don’t know at this point in time. I played for the USA in the youth team before, so I’m not sure if I could play [for Gilas]. But it could happen.”

Green, though, played twice in the Philippines when he featured in the NBTC National Finals as part of FilAm Sports USA.

Despite playing in the Philippines, and the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas’ push to have him play for Gilas, Green has so much admiration for Team USA.

“It was a great experience for me, I love USA Basketball,” said Green. “You have to be at the top of your game. You have to adjust and come out with energy playing out there against all these top teams, trying to win a gold medal. That’s something you don’t get to do at age 17.”

Read Next
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: G League Select Team, Gilas Pilipinas, Jalen Green, NBA G-League, Sports
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.

© Copyright 1997-2022 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.