FIVE-STAR recruit Jalen Green headlines the Fil-foreign talents seeing action for the six international teams in the 2019 Chooks-to-Go SM NBTC League National Finals.
The 17-year-old Green, who turned heads in last year's competition and set the NBTC record for most points scored in a game with 51, will be back in the fold for FilAm Sports USA.
But this time, the team won't be all about Green.
Jeron Artest, the son of former NBA star Metta World Peace, will be part of the Bong Ulep-coached FilAm Sports USA, together with Eli Ramos, the brother of Cal Poly Pomona wingman Dwight Ramosin the tournament set at Mall of Asia Arena from March 18 to 24.
Also returning for the Fil-Ams are forward Brandon Wilson and guard Boogie Ellis for the week-long festivities.
Durham Crossover Canada also returns to the fold and coach Mike Cruz is bringing back the solid core of Tyler Garcia, Denzel Faraon, Jason Diaz and Josh Samonte.
Playmaker Jasper Rentoy is set to take the lead for AusPinoy Australia, while Chiolo Anonuevo, who played last season with the FEU-Diliman Baby Tamaraws, will reinforce the debuting Italy Europe Proudly Pinoy.
Completing the NBTC record-high six international teams are Camp David New Zealand and newcomer Top Flight Hoops Vancouver.
All six international teams will see action on Monday for the Seeding Round, where they will mix it up against wildcards FEU-Diliman and Hope Christian High School in a battle for positioning.
The semis, finals and the All-Star Game of the tournament sponsored by Chooks-to-Go, Darlington-Exped Socks, EPSON, Huawei, Freego, Purefoods, Gatorade, Go for Gold, SM and Molten, and presented by 5 Plus and Lighthouse Events be aired live on ESPN5.
Last year, National U was crowned king of Division 1 while La Salle Lipa ruled Division 2.
INTERNATIONAL TEAMS: FilAm Sports USA, Durham Crossover Canada, AusPinoy Australia, Camp David New Zealand, Italy Europe Proudly Pinoy, Top Flight Hoops Vancouver.jalen