Justin Brownlee to reinforce Gilas Pilipinas in 19th Asian Games

Despite missing out on an opportunity to be the naturalized player for Gilas Pilipinas in the upcoming FIBA World Cup, all is not lost for Justin Brownlee after the resident import of Brgy. Ginebra in the PBA was given the same capacity for the 19th Asian Games set this coming September in Hangzou, China.

Gilas head coach Chot Reyes made the announcement during a motivational rally for the national team on Tuesday, July 25.

The 35-year-old Brownlee was relegated as a reserve after Jordan Clarkson confirmed his commitment to play for the country in the quadrennial basketball showcase.

The 3-time PBA Best Import has been an active participant in Gilas’ World Cup preparations, but he willingly stepped aside to make room for the NBA player. The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) has been very appreciative of Brownlee’s dedication and commitment during the last five weeks of training camp.

His efforts, however, would not be in vain as preparations for the World Cup also included the Asian games, given the close proximity of the schedules for the two international competitions. The World Cup concludes on September 10 while the Asian Games begin on September 23.

With Brownlee in tow, Gilas would still have a potent reinforcement for the Asiad, especially since Clarkson would be unavailable during regional meet due to his commitment to the Utah Jazz, who will likely be setting up training camp for the upcoming NBA season which begins in late October.

In the two games he played for the national team during the sixth qualifying window, Brownlee was impressive, averaging 29 points, 8 rebounds, and 4 assists, including a 41-point outburst in Gilas’ 91-90 defeat to Jordan.

During the 32nd Southeast Asian Games in Cambodia, he suited up for Gilas anew and helped the Nationals reclaim the gold medal in the men’s 5-on-5 basketball event. He scored 23 points in the championship game against a Cambodian squad loaded with imports, just a day after scoring 34 points when Gilas dethroned Indonesia in the semifinals.

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