Rondae Hollis-Jefferson to be naturalized by Jordan for 2023 Fiba World Cup
MANILA, Philippines—As the Fiba World Cup looms, countries are beefing up their rosters, including Jordan.
On Wednesday, the Jordan Basketball Federation (JBF) announced in a Facebook post that former TNT import Rondae Hollis-Jefferson is already in the middle of naturalization and will join the Jordan team for the global competition in Manila, next month.
The Jordan team is currently with Hollis-Jefferson in Lithuania for several tune-up games but the 2023 PBA Governors’ Cup’s Best Import of the Conference will not participate in any of those matches.
Hollis-Jefferson will be activated by Jordan when the squad flies to Portugal for more tune-ups, according to the JBF’s post.
Hollis-Jefferson played six seasons in the NBA for the Brooklyn Nets, Toronto Raptors and Portland Trail Blazers but it was only this year when he had a taste of a professional basketball title with Tropang Giga.
The 6-foot-6 forward helped TNT notch the Governors’ Cup with norms of 29.9 points, 13.3 rebounds, 6.5 assists and 2.1 steals while also taking home BPC honors.
Hollis-Jefferson also played briefly for the Jeonju KCC Egis in the Korea Basketball League, earlier this year.
The JBF has a full month to prepare Hollis-Jefferson’s papers before the Fiba World Cup commences on August 25 at Philippine Arena and other cities in Japan and Indonesia.