Filipino-American guard Remy Martin reaffirmed his desire to play for the Philippines, after a glittering career in Arizona State University.
Martin, who recently declared for the NBA Draft, posted a video on his Instagram where he detailed how his upbringing kept him close to his Filipino roots. Martin's mother, Mary Ann Macaspac, is Filipina.
"My mom is Filipino, and that's everything," said the 21-year-old. "If you know me, I always wear the Filipino stuff. It just made me who I am."
While he has yet to visit the Philippines, Martin is well aware of the country's love affair with basketball -- a love that he shares.
"I always want to represent the country in the sport that they love," he said. "They love basketball, they love watching, they love everything about the game."
He had even gotten messages from Filipino fans who have tracked his career in Arizona State. Martin made an immediate impact for the Sun Devils, earning Pac-12 Sixth Man of the Year honors as a rookie. In his junior season, he averaged 19.1 points, 4.1 assists, and 3.1 rebounds per game.
Martin showed tremendous promise in his collegiate career and was included in the "23 for 23" list by former Gilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes. He was also reportedly considered for inclusion in the Philippine national team for the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup, but ultimately didn't make the cut.
Still, Martin is determined to one day wear the national team colors.
"I always wanted to go, and especially play for the national team," said Martin. "I know one day that I'm going to make my way out there, and it's gonna be a blast."
"I'm gonna give them everything I have," he vowed.
In the meantime, Martin said he will continue to honor the Philippines every time he steps onto the court.
"You know, it's a privilege," he said. "It's a privilege to play the game that you love, especially at this level. I'm just trying to help, that's all I wanna do. Help them that, if I can do it, they can do it as well."
If Martin is drafted, he will become the second Filipino-American guard in the NBA, after Utah's Jordan Clarkson.
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