No Jordan Clarkson in FIBA OQT
According to Manny V. Pangilinan or MVP, FIBA made them choose between using Andray Blatche and Jordan Clarkson and the SBP and the Gilas Pilipinas Coaching Staff decided to stick with Blatche since choosing Clarkson will result in a more complicated process.
Statement of MVP during the FIBA OQT Press Conference:
“When I was in Geneva last March, we talked about Jordan Clarkson again and I was told to choose between him and Andray Blatche.”
“The decision is to get Blatche back. We’re only talking about the FIBA OQT. Mas familiar si Andray sa system ni Tab and the players so given the short preparation time, I think the safer choice is Blatche.”
“Blatche is already a naturalized Filipino while si Jordan, we have to go through a long process and documentation at saka masalimuot yung pagkuha sa kaniya kasi we have to go through several groups. We don’t know if whether he would have enough time to be here to prepare for the July event.”