Jalen Green makes history as highest-drafted Asian American player, third Filipino player in NBA
Jalen Green made history as the NBA's top Asian-American player in the league and the third Filipino athlete to make it to the NBA.
Pinoy Pride: Green, 19, was previously spotted training with the Houston Rockets and became their number two according to Hypebeast.
His mother is half Filipino and, according to Rappler, comes from Ilocos Sur.
NBA Sixth Man of the Year Jordan Clarkson and former Golden State Warrior Raymond Townsend are the other two NBA players of Filipino descent.
Houston Rockets General Manager Rafael Stone described Green as a "transcendent athlete" and an "extraordinarily exciting prospect".
“I love the Philippines. They show love and support. I'm just happy to represent them… I hope they’re excited, ”Green told ESPN.
Baller story: The young Baller is considered a "versatile guard who is able to score inside and outside".
Green has left college to join the G-League, the NBA's official minor league, Forbes previously announced.
According to his profile in US basketball, he has won three gold medals at the FIBA World Cup and the FIBA Americas Championship.
He was also named Sports Illustrated All-America Player of the Year 2020.
Green previously visited the Philippines and played with the best high school shooters in the country as a member of the NBTC's Fil-Am Select team.
Selected image via Tanamoko TV (left), ESPN (right)
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