Jordan Clarkson is expected to add on to his growing basketball resumé as the Los Angeles Lakers have cleared the young guard to play for the Philippines national team in FIBA play, reports Nick Gianco of Tempo. Clarkson was named to the 24-man roster for Gilas Pilipinas, but is still awaiting final word on whether FIBA will allow him to play for the national team. He was also waiting for word on whether or not the Lakers would allow him to extend his basketball activities outside of Los Angeles.
Clarkson has until Sep. 28 to play for Gilas, giving him an opportunity to make his mark in the FIBA Asia tournament once his eligibility is confirmed by the international organization. The Lakers expressed no qualms with Jordan playing in the tourney, so long as he's back in Los Angeles before media day and training camp begins near the end of September.
Gilas Pilipinas is slated to play its first game on Sept. 23, with follow up games on the 24, 25 and 27 that Clarkson could potentially play in. This would allow Jordan a few games to test the international waters while giving a glimpse of his training progress. Lakers public relations manager John Black said the organization has "no issue" with him playing for Gilas so long as he returns to Southern California by the 28th.
This is a great opportunity for a young player to get extra playing time against professional competition, and is a chance for Clarkson to represent the Philippines. He's already caught the attention of legendary boxer Manny Pacquiao, and if he shows off the dynamic talent that made him one of the lone bright spots he was for the Lakers last season, he could be a star player in FIBA Asia play.