AIR21 Express' prolific import Michael Dunigan said on Thursday he is open to becoming the country’s next naturalized player.
“It’s out there,” said the 23-year-old center of the possibility.
The wide-bodied slotman, who has stood out as one of the finest imports in the PBA Commissioner's Cup, admits receiving a lot of messages from fans egging him to don the national tri-colors.
“People tweet me about it, they always ask me if I want it,” added Dunigan. “A lot of fans are talking about it but I haven’t gotten a call about it."
Dunigan calls a possible stint with Gilas a “good idea."
“Getting to play for somewhere else ... I’m sure it’s gonna be a great honor to play for somebody that wants you to play for them,” beamed the 6-10, 245-pound Air21 import.
“If there’ll be an offer, I have to go back to the US to talk to my agent and my mom, and see how it plays out,” said Dunigan, shyly admitting that he can't decide on the matter by himself.
Dunigan also said "becoming a Filipino” soon like Marcus Douthit will not pose a problem for him.
“Nah, definitely not. I like it here, I’m enjoying my stay,” commented Dunigan, who is frequently seen hanging out with new friends in Philippine sports and show business.
The former University of Oregon star is also amazed at the close resemblance of the Philippines to the United States.
On Thursday, Dunigan said he was surprised to see a popular US West Coast fastfood chain, In and Out, sell its popular burgers at The Fort in Taguig City.
“That really made me shake my head, it reached the Philippines first (before New York),” said Dunigan.
If there is one problem, though, he stressed it should be the hot weather.
Having grown up in Oregon, Dunigan said he is not used to the humid temperature, which on Wednesday afternoon hit 37 degrees celcius.
Asked if he is willing to check out some of Gilas’ Monday-night-only practices, Dunigan hastily said: “Yes, for sure."