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    Clarkson's in for Gilas, but that doesn't mean Kouame's out

    Aug 9, 2022
    Ange Kouame of Ateneo
    PHOTO: UAAP

    WITH Jordan Clarkson now deemed as the top priority for the naturalized player position for Gilas Pilipinas, what happens with Ange Kouame now?

    Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) spokesperson and executive director Sonny Barrios admitted on Tuesday's Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) Forum that Kouame's status for the 2023 Fiba World Cup is up in the air if the Utah Jazz guard indeed suits up for the Philippines in August next year.

    "If we decide on Jordan, then the answer is yes. And Ange is aware of that," he said.

    [See Clarkson committed to train with Gilas for six weeks ahead of World Cup]

    That doesn't mean that Kouame will no longer be utilized by the national team program with the UAAP Season 84 MVP still very much in the plans of the federation.

    "It doesn't mean Ange's naturalization will go to waste. Because remember, Clarkson will not be around for window five and will not be around for window six, will not be around for the Southeast Asian Games. So marami pa tayong pwedeng pag-gagamitan kay Ange," said Barrios.

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