Fil-Am Jordan Clarkson making US NCAA noticed him

The Philippines is definitely a basketball-crazy nation with how Filipinos warmly support for their teams in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) and how they backed their national team Gilas-Pilipinas, who will campaign in the coming FIBA World Cup in Spain starting August 30.

And not only they support, they also love to play the game of hoops and many players are playing professionally and earned money from it.

When you are a Filipino, you definitely love basketball, and if you have Filipino blood, you certainly wanted to be an NBA star someday even though it is a very difficult ambition.

Filipinos making waves in the US NCAA

Players with Filipino bloods are making waves in the US NCAA, with the likes of Long Island University Blackbirds' Jason Brickman and University of Hawaii's Christian Standhardinger making names for themselves.

High school phenom Sedrick Barefield of Centennial High School in California is also a highly-touted recruit for college as more teams in the NCAA are interested in him despite he's only a junior.

And now another player with Filipino blood is making the US noticed him.

His name is Jordan Clarkson

Clarkson, like Brickman hails from San Antonio, and was born to a Filipina mother.

He stands 6’5” and weighs 193 lbs. and is a high scoring guard who can also handle the ball.

Clarkson is a valuable asset on the running game averaging 18.4 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists while shooting 46 percent from the floor. 

He is not only a talented individual, he is also highly ranked. 

As of this time, Clarkson is 10th among shooting guards projected for the NBA draft.

He scored at least 20 points on five consecutive games from late November of 2013 to early December the same year. He also tallied a career high 31 points on Nov. 12, 2013, a pre-cursor to his hot shooting streak.

Playing with Missouri

During the 201202013 season, Clarkson sat out the season with Missouri after he transferred from Tulsa and will be classified as a redshirt junior. 

He practiced with Mizzou and brings good size, scoring and ball-handling ability to the Tiger backcourt. 

He had the opportunity to play at the Kevin Durant Skills Academy in Chicago in June. 

That event is designed for the Top 25 high school wings and Top 10 collegiate wings.

Playing with Tulsa

During his two year stint with Tulsa, he played in 58 career games with 40 starts.

He scored double-digit points in 44 career games and has led Tulsa in scoring in 25 career games and assists 23 times 

He had career averages of 14.2 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.3 assists.

During the 2011-2012 season he was a first-team all-Conference USA selection and was selected to the NABC All-District 11 Team. 

He earned that by leading his team with 16.5 points, 2.5 assists and 3.9 rebounds per game .

He finished second in Conference USA in scoring and has led Tulsa in scoring in 21 games, assists 14 times and steals in 10 games .

During his freshman year, he was named to the Conference USA all-Freshman team by Averaging 11.5 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.9 assists.

He was named the Conference USA Freshman of the Week four times.

High School
During his high school years, he was a three-year letterwinner and a three-year starter at Karen Wagner High School.

He was named the San Antonio High School Player of the Year as a senior. and was ranked as the state of Texas' fourth-best prospect as selected by

He led Wagner High School team to a combined 105-14 record in three seasons and has averaged 18.9 points, 6.1 rebounds 3.4 assists and 2.1 steals during his senior campaign while leading his team to a 38-2 record and semifinal loss in the state championship .\

He shot 58-percent from the field and 36-percent from the three-point range as a senior.

Because of his awesome plays, he was a 2010 McDonald's All-America Finalist and was named Most Valuable Player of the Faith Seven Game in June 2010, featuring Texas vs. Oklahoma senior all-stars.

He averaged 20 points, six rebounds and four assists per game as a junior, while leading his team to a 32-8 record and the Class 5A state semifinals.

He earned first-team all-state honors by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches (TABC) and was a first-team all-district 27-5A and all-region selection as a junior and senior.

He was named to the San Antonio Express News Super Team as a junior and senior and was the WOAI-TV Player of the Year for the San Antonio area.

He  averaged 10 points per game while earning honorable mention all-district accolades in his sophomore year.

With these many hoopsters with Filipino blood making waves in the US, expect Filipino fans to support for them whether they make it to the pro ranks or not.

And if they can't make it in the NBA, the PBA will be very welcome to have them and Gilas-Pilipinas will also be honored if they want to play for the nation.

Fil-Am Jordan Clarkson making US NCAA noticed him Fil-Am Jordan Clarkson making US NCAA noticed him Reviewed by Jay-R Bayon-on on 3/27/2014 Rating: 5

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