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The former NBA player will have a strong competitor in the Philippines national basketball team

The former NBA player will have a strong competitor in the Philippines national basketball team

Andray Blatche can be replaced in the squad for 2019 FIBA World Cup if Justin Brownlee completes naturalization.

Recently, Justin Brownlee expressed his wish to compete in the Philippine national team shirt. “I hope that will happen. However, the naturalization process is still incomplete and I will have to wait”.

Justin Brownlee is an American player who has spent many years playing in the Philippines. He has won 3 times at PBA and won the title of Best Foreigner in 2018. He also won the ABL 2018 championship with Alab Pilipinas. Brownlee is currently wearing Barangay Ginebra San Miguel.

Former player of the New York Knicks in NBA Summer League has expressed interest in naturalizing the Philippines last year. He applied in August 2018 but has not completed the procedure so far. If successful, Brownlee will play for Gilas Pilipinas according to naturalization players.

Under FIBA Asian rules, national teams are only allowed to have a naturalized player in the squad. By definition, a naturalized player is a person who does not hold a passport of the host country before the age of 16 years.

Thus, if Justin Brownlee had a Philippine passport before FIBA World Cup 2019, he would have to compete with Andray Blatche for the only naturalization in the squad of coach Yeng Guiao. Blatche has had years of playing in the NBA and wearing Gilas Pilipinas since FIBA World Cup 2014.