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    Fil-Am Jalen Green ranks high in US rankings, but Gilas stint may be out of the question

    Mar 18, 2018
    Fil-Am Jalen Green in action during the NBTC league. Marlo Cueto

    FIL-AMERICAN Jalen Green leads highly-touted high school players from the United States who are playing in the NBTC League.

    The 16-year-old from FilAm Sports-USA, one of the four foreign teams that are playing in the annual tournament, is one of the top high school players in the US. He is ranked No. 1 in the ESPN 25 Class of 2020 rankings.

    Green, who has a Filipina mother, stands 6-foot-6 but plays the guard position for San Joaquin Memorial High School.

    He has suited up for Team USA in the 2017 Fiba Americas Under-17 Championship, which under Fiba rules makes him ineligible to play for another country, or the Philippines for that matter, in the future.

    Green gave a good account of himself in his first outing in the Philippines, finishing with 24 points, seven rebounds, and two steals in FilAm Sports-USA's 82-77 loss to Adamson on Sunday in the seeding round of the NBTC.

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    Also playing for FilAm Sports are two players who have already committed to play for two Division I colleges in the US NCAA.

    Kihei Clark recently committed to join Virginia, one of the top seeds in the ongoing NCAA Tournament, although the Cavaliers were eliminated by No. 16 University of Maryland-Baltimore County just last Saturday.

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    Elijah Jackson, meanwhile, has also committed to play for Eastern Washington.

    The 5-foot-9 Clark had 18 points, five rebounds, and seven assists against Adamson while the 6-foot-4 Jackson added five points and five rebounds.

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