Jalen Green returned to the Philippines this Wednesday (August 10). The 20-year-old Houston Rockets Filipino-American star, who is an adidas global ambassador, is set “to reconnect with his roots and represent the Stripes” for the sportswear brand’s JG4 Manila Tour.
“This has been prepared a bit differently from how our previous athlete visits were because firstly, we are taking into consideration the health and safety of Jalen as well as our fellow Filipinos, but also, we wanted to make sure that we give Jalen this opportunity to see and experience a different and more authentic side of the Philippines as he represents the Three Stripes,” Jen Dacasin, Brand Activation Manager for adidas Philippines, enthused.
Beginning on Thursday, Green will first have a press conference in adidas Brand Center in Glorietta 3, Makati City. Afterwards, he will then take part in activities such as streetball in Ayala Malls Manila Bay, Parañaque City.
A Filipino on the side of his mother Bree Purganan (who in-turn came from Ilocus Sur), Green played with the National Basketball Training Center (NBTC) in 2018 and 2019. He also led the United States players to victory in the 2018’s Fédération internationale de basket-ball (FIBA; known in English as the “International Basketball Federation'') U17 World Cup Most Valuable Player (MVP).
Green averaged 17.3 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 2.6 assists in his rookie season with the Houston Rockets.
Green and Utah Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson are the two players currently in the NBA to be of Filipino descent. Clarkson is set to play ball for Gilas Pilipinas in the upcoming 2023 FIBA World Cup Qualifiers, where he will be joined by fellow Fil-Am Kai Sotto (who recently missed his shot at this year’s NBA drafts).
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