Jordan Clarkson has returned to Manila and is set to begin training with the Philippine national team in preparation for the upcoming FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023. The tournament will be held in 2023.
From August 25 to September 10, participants from 32 countries will gather in the Philippines, Japan, and Indonesia for the event.
After arriving at NAIA Terminal 1 early on Tuesday, the star player for the Utah Jazz is expected to participate in practices once Gilas Pilipinas returns to the Philippines from an invitational tournament in China. The Philippines’ national team is currently competing in China.
Jordan Clarkson told reporters upon his arrival, “I think we have a good chance to do some things – to win some games.” “I believe we have a good chance of winning some games,”
Clarkson was last seen on the field for the Philippines in the Asian qualifiers the previous year. Across two games for Gilas, he averaged 25 points (on 45 percent shooting), 5.5 rebounds, and 6.5 assists.
During the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 group stage, Gilas will need a significant boost from Clarkson to compete successfully against the Dominican Republic, Italy, and Angola.
Clarkson is coming off of his best statistical year in the NBA, averaging 20.8 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 4.4 assists for the Jazz in 2022-23. This happened in the 2022-23 season.