MARLO CUETO/ reports that Jordan Clarkson has landed in Manila to lead Gilas Pilipinas in the Fiba World Cup.

Manila, Philippines — As the Fiba World Cup draws near, Jordan Clarkson, the naturalized star of Gilas Pilipinas, has touched down in Manila with an air of optimism, eager to make his mark on the global basketball stage. After a 15-hour journey from Los Angeles via Philippine Airlines PR 103, Clarkson landed at Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1 in Pasay City, brimming with enthusiasm for the challenges that lie ahead.

“I’m confident that we have a great opportunity to achieve some remarkable feats – hopefully, securing some wins,” Clarkson shared with the media upon his arrival. The excitement in his voice was palpable as he contemplated the potential of his team in the upcoming Fiba World Cup, set to commence on August 25.

MARLO CUETO/ captures Gilas Pilipinas’ Jordan Clarkson at NAIA Terminal 1.

Clarkson, who is embarking on his third stint with the Philippines national team, is poised to play a pivotal role as Gilas Pilipinas enters the global basketball arena. The team’s head coach, Chot Reyes, expressed his eagerness to reintegrate Clarkson into the national program, setting the stage for a dynamic and compelling partnership on the court.

The Gilas training squad is scheduled to return from China, where they engaged in a pocket tournament against Senegal and Iran in Heyuan City, Guangdong province. Impressively, the team secured victories in three out of four games, demonstrating their growing prowess and readiness for the upcoming Fiba World Cup.

The photo is provided courtesy of Jalin Morgan.

Clarkson’s journey with Gilas Pilipinas began during the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia, marking the inception of a relationship that continues to evolve. In a testament to his commitment to the team, he also participated in the World Cup Asian Qualifiers last year, showcasing his unwavering dedication to the Philippines’ basketball aspirations.

Anticipation is building as the Philippines prepares to host friendly matches against Montenegro and Mexico in the lead-up to the quadrennial event. Barring unforeseen complications, Clarkson is expected to don the team’s jersey in these friendly encounters, providing fans and analysts alike with a tantalizing preview of the final roster.

In a Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers match, Gilas Pilipinas guard Jordan Clarkson executes a layup while being defended by Lebanon’s Wael Arakji, as captured in the photo by Fiba.

As the Fiba World Cup unfolds, Gilas Pilipinas finds itself grouped with the Dominican Republic, Angola, and Italy in Group A—a formidable challenge that serves as a qualifying tournament for the highly anticipated Paris Olympics in the following year. The team’s performance in this prestigious event holds the potential to propel them onto the global stage, earning recognition and acclaim for their basketball prowess and unyielding determination.

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Jordan Clarkson’s presence is undoubtedly a game-changer for Gilas Pilipinas, infusing the team with renewed vigor and optimism. As the countdown to the Fiba World Cup continues, the nation eagerly awaits the moment when the Philippines’ basketball heroes take center stage, ready to showcase their skill, passion, and unwavering commitment to the sport they hold dear.