List of Fil-Ams Ineligible for Gilas Pilipinas

Jordan Clarkson

We keep on repeating and repeating why some Fil-Ams (or Fil-Foreigners) are ineligible to play for Gilas Pilipinas. Most think that if someone is a Fil-Am or part Filipino, they can automatically play for Gilas Pilipinas. If someone asks again, please just refer to this post. Thank you!

List of Fil-Ams Ineligible for Gilas Pilipinas
-Jordan Clarkson (Born in Tampa, Florida)
-Jason Brickman (Born in San Antonio, Texas)
-Stephen Holt (Born in Portland, Oregon)
-Chris Ellis (Born in Oceanside, California)
-Cliff Hodge (Born in Pensacola, Florida)
-Sol Mercado (Born in Sacramento, California)
-Moala Tautuaa (Born in San Mateo, California)
-Stanley Pringle (Born in San Diego, California)
-Chris Banchero (Born in Seattle, Washington)
-Chris Ross (Born in San Antonio, Texas)
-Joshua Monzon (Born in Long Beach, California)

Recently approved by FIBA as a naturalized player
-Christian Standhardinger (Born in Munich, Germany)

In the case of Jordan Clarkson, he still needs FIBA approval and is still considered ineligible, please read: Jordan Clarkson eligible for Gilas Pilipinas?

* Will add more to the list soon
* Those not in the list means we still need verification on their eligibility and it does not mean they are already eligible

The reason why these players are ineligible in FIBA Tournaments is because of a provision in the FIBA rules stating that the player should have chosen their Filipino Citizenship before the age of 16.

The only way these players can play for Gilas Pilipinas is if FIBA approves them as a naturalized player like Marcus Douthit and Andray Blatche, but we can only use 1 naturalized player for each tournament.

FIBA Internal Regulations – Article 3-21a
“A national team participating in a Competition of FIBA may have only one player on its team who has acquired the legal nationality of that country by naturalisation or by any other means after having reached the age of sixteen (16). This provision applies also to any player having the right to acquire a second nationality at birth but who did not lay claim to this right until after having reached the age of sixteen (16)”


43 Responses to List of Fil-Ams Ineligible for Gilas Pilipinas

  1. ramil gabao says:

    “Who have acquired that nationality xxx after having reached the age of sixteen” means before the age of sixteen?

    • Jay says:

      Fiba should change the rule. I think it’s more intresting that if a player has two nationalities, he can choose either what national team he wants to play.

  2. chevy says:

    whatever happened to Jordan Clarkson’s application for eligibility with FIBA? i HOPE HE CAN PLAY FOR GILAS IN FIBA ASIA CHALLENGE CUP

  3. fiel dm acuna says:

    why gabe norwood and kelly williams was able to play in previously fiba sanctioned basktball tournament

    • greg says:

      ang pagkakaalam ko naka laro na sila before pa gawin yung batas ng fiba bout a eligibility na passport before 16 yr old

    • Kej says:

      Yup. Kaya nga dahil nakapaglaro na sila sa gilas before the new rules, eh hindi na sila sanctioned dun. An experience playing for your country make it a legit one to enter the same tournament (FIBA) AGAIN.

    • Gilas Fan says:

      Meaning.. yung rules na yan ng FIBA is hindi retroactive. Maaapektuhan lang yung mga bagong papasok sa team pero yung mg adati ng nakapaglaro is hindi na sila sakop nung bagong rules na yun

  4. marcish says:

    Bakit sila Cliff at Ellis? Eh naalala ko naglaro yan sila sa Sinag kasama si Slaughter, Ravena.

  5. Pabz says:

    Diba binalita noon na may Philippine Passport si Jordan Clarkson before sya nag 16?

  6. FIBA is there to protect other foreign teams against us because if they will allow fil-ams players to play with Gilas Pilipinas we might beat them because with only one naturalized player we almost beat top european teams.
    Better for Gilas is to build a tall and young team at early time in preparation for international competitions. The action by parents of AJ Edu and a kid from Australia is commendable.

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