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Second round NBA draft pick Jordan Clarkson gave a nod to his Filipino heritage in a recent interview, reports ABS CBN.
“I’m a part-Filipino and I’m looking to be the first or one of the Filipino-Americans to play in the NBA. I know the country is backing me up. I hope I will be able to visit them in the future,” the 22-year-old said to Slam Online.
Clarkson was drafted by the Washington Wizards which sold the rights to Clarkson to the Los Angeles Lakers.
“We’re looking forward to getting him in Los Angeles as soon as possible,” said Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak. “Hopefully, he’ll participate in summer league, which starts in Las Vegas in about two weeks.”
UC Riverside basketball players have returned to campus for summer school and workouts, but guard Chris Tang won’t arrive until next month, Coach Dennis Cutts said.
The highly touted guard out of Lianyungang, Jiangsu, China, was expected for the summer but technical problems caused a global backlog of visa applications, causing Tang to be delayed and miss the cutoff date for summer school. Alexander Larsson, a 6-9 player from Sodertalje, Sweden, was delayed for several days, but finally arrived. UCR’s third international player, Robert Boezeman, a 6-7 forward from the Netherlands, also is in summer school, Cutts said.
Tang, who is in China, is expected on campus when the team meets on Sept. 15.
Players are in summer school sessions, but only allowed two hours per week of on-court time. They’re also allowed to lift weights. Cutts said he doesn’t expect Tang’s absence to impact his development with his new team.
“There’s a little bit of transitioning for (the new players), but he’s been over here for three years,” Cutts said.
Tang played for three years in the United States, most recently at Oak Hill Academy in Virginia. He also has international experience, playing for the Under-18 team of the Canarias Basketball Academy where he averaged 15.5 points and shot 44 percent from 3-point range.
Jeremy Lin is now a member of the Los Angeles Lakers, and he is wasting no time in going Hollywood.