|Filipino-American point guard Jordan Clarkson. Image courtesy of Missouri Tigers
MANILA (UPDATE) – The Los Angeles Lakers acquired a Filipino-American following the 2014 NBA Draft on Thursday (Friday in Manila).
The Washington Wizards selected Missouri’s 6’5” Jordan Clarkson, who was born to a Filipino mother, as their 46th pick. They later traded the point guard to the Lakers.
According to NBA.com, Clarkson was named Second Team All-SEC by the coaches in his lone season with the Missouri Tigers.
Clarkson, who spent his freshman and sophomore seasons at Tulsa, ranked among NCAA leaders in both free throws made (72nd) and percentage (101st), as well as field goals (51st) in 2013-14.
NBA.com Philippines’ Bernard Pagusara described the 22-year-old as “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,” Pagusara said in his report.
He also said Clarkson averaged 20 points in a five-game stretch from late November to early December 2013.