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    Jerramy King expresses desire to play for Philippine team in SEA Games

    Mar 3, 2019
    PHOTO: Marlo Cueto

    ANOTHER PBA player has openly expressed his desire to carry the national colors in the coming 30th Southeast Asian Games.

    Columbian Dyip lead point guard Jerramy King said he is more than willing to suit up and play for Team Pilipinas when it defends the basketball gold in the Nov. 30 to Dec. 11 meet to be held here for the first time in 14 years.

    If ever it would be the first time King will represent the country in an international meet, which he said would be a proud moment for him and his family in Nueva Ecija and Siquijor.

    "It would be a dream of mine," King personally related to SPIN.ph on Sunday.

    King making himself available to the national team came shortly after PBA Commissioner Willie Marcial disclosed that the league board had given the go-signal for PBA players to comprise the men's team to the SEA Games.

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    The third year Columbian Dyip playmaker is the third player to volunteer himself for Team Pilipinas for the multi-sports event after San Miguel Beer's Chris Ross and Alex Cabagnot.

    Besides, the SEA Games is not as strict compared to FIBA-sanctioned tournaments where foreign-bred players need to have acquired the passport of their respective nationality before reaching the age of 16 in order for them to represent their own countries.

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    This explains why Fil-foreign players in the past such as Cliff Hodge, Chris Ellis, Greg Slaughter, Matt Ganuelas Rosser, and even naturalized player Marcus Douthit were able to see action for Team Pilipinas in the previous editions of the SEA Games.

    King said he's definitely a Philippine passport holder though he acquired one after he turned 16-years-old.

    Certainly, that gives him the optimism of having a shot at becoming a possible member of Team Pilipinas.

    "Hoping to become a part of the team," said the 28-year-old King from La Canada, California. "Would love to play for the Philippines."

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