MANILA—Two emojis. Two words.
That's how US-based Filipino basketball player Remy Martin conveyed his desire to suit up for the Philippines men's national team.
Martin, who plays for NCAA Division 1 program Arizona State, took to Instagram on Thursday to get his message across to sports officials here.
The second-year Sun Devils guard averaged 13 points and 5.1 assists in the recently concluded season, an improvement in both categories.
The 6-flat guard played in 9 fewer games (23) this season compared to the previous one, but he has seen a significant uptick in minutes played (from 23.8 in 2017-18 to 33.5 in 2018-19).
Martin, 20, is part of the Gilas Pilipinas “23 for 23” program preparing for the FIBA World Cup hosted by the Philippines 4 years from now.
His name has been floated, as the national team completes its roster for this year's World Cup in China.
“Tinitignan nila si Remy Martin at si (Jordan) Clarkson. ’Yun ang mga adjustment ni coach (Yeng Guiao). Pero ’yung core, ’yun na ’yun,” PBA commissioner Willie Marcial said last month.
Martin produced some big games for Arizona State this season.
He came up with key plays in upset victories over high-ranked Mississippi State and Kansas.
He posted single-game career-highs in scoring twice. After dropping a personal-best 24 points against UC Berkeley in January, he topped that by tallying 31 against Arizona in February.
Martin also registered a double-double (15 points, 11 rebounds) in a win over UCLA.
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