Christian Standhardinger approved by FIBA as a naturalized player

Christian Standhardinger

Fil-German Christian Standhardiger will play for Gilas Pilipinas in FIBA tournaments not as a local but as a naturalized player. According to Gilas Pilipinas Team Manager Butch Antonio, FIBA already approved the application of Standhardinger to play for the Philippines but as a naturalized player since he was born in Germany and did not get his Philippine Passport before the age of 16.

Christian Standhardinger will play for Gilas Pilipinas in the 2017 Jones Cup and the 2017 SEA Games. He is also included in the 24-man Player Pool for the FIBA Asia Cup but if Andray Blatche will play then Christian Standhardinger cannot be in the line-up anymore since only 1 naturalized player can play for each tournament.

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Christian Standhardinger

Christian Standhardinger Profile
Birth Date: July 4, 1989
Birth Place: Munich, Germany
Height: 6’7
Weight: 220lbs

Christian Standhardinger Basketball Career History
High school: Erdgas Ehingen (Ehingen, Germany)
-Nebraska (2009–2011)
-Hawaii (2012–2014)
2006–2009 Erdgas Ehingen/Urspringschule
2014–2015 Mitteldeutscher BC
2015–present SC Rasta Vechta

2 Responses to Christian Standhardinger approved by FIBA as a naturalized player

  1. J.R. says:


    Its high time that the SBP go back to its original plan of keeping future GILAS PILIPINAS players in its fold by compensating them so they may not even think of jumping to the PBA. As it is, GILAS cannot rely on the PBA SMC group, among others, in lending its top players even for the sake of flag & country. It has happened before and it’s probably happening again.

    Why is this that the SBP has to beg these “Professional” teams to beef-up the Philippine national team? Whatever happened to patriotism?!
    The SBP should create a league of its own to further develop future national players.
    There are a lot of patriotic businesses, i.e., Chooks to Go & the PLDT group, which are able & willing to go the extra mile to support GILAS PILIPINASand become self-reliant for FIBA competitions. Then & only then can we look forward to have a GILAS SUPERTEAM more capable of realizing every Filipino’s dream of watching their country play in the olympics.

  2. Valerio L. Baguio says:

    Sometimes, Enough is Not Enough
    We need to act fast. The proposal of Manok ng Bayan to bankroll a PHL team composed of non-PBA players is very timely to even think that top PBA prospects are still available – Paras, Ravena, Park, Teng, Sotto, Kirkness, Edu et all. Please SBP, take a closer look at the proposal the soonest time possible. Consider the offer now for tomorrow may no longer be the same.

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