And just this morning, the Cleveland Cavaliers guard finally posted his own response to the good news:
We finally got to see what seems like the new Gilas jersey with Clarkson’s number six.
This bodes well for die-hard basketball fans and casual watchers alike. Clarkson appears to be trying to get back on track right now. After some time playing for the Los Angeles Lakers, he was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers and was privileged enough to have had the opportunity to play under the tutelage of ‘The King’ LeBron James.
Clarkson has definitely grown into a more versatile player and is still continuing to develop new skills to bring to the table for our Gilas Pilipinas squad.
Now, analyzing the playing field, we don’t think he’ll be playing point. Terrence Romeo, of course, will be the starting point guard. Aside from this, Clarkson is a bit too tall to play guard in a rather vertically-challenged tournament. Asians are not known for their height, so it’s most likely he’ll be playing at the small forward position, switching with Gabe Norwood.
This alone is an advantage for our Gilas since Clarkson is an excellent ball-handler for the three spot and has the ability to put down defenders with crossovers. Clarkson can get this dirty with his nasty dribbling skills.
Of course, as we know, after he crosses people over, Clarkson almost always continues to attack the rim, penetrate the defense, and overpower anyone who stands in his way for a wicked jam or a gentle layup. He has an outstanding vertical leap and, despite his size, can jump over pretty much anyone.
He has worked on his jumpshots more and is obviously improving. But we’ll just have to wait and see what this entails for his contribution in the team’s scoring. But we have no doubt that Clarkson is one big addition to the lineup and we’ll change the course of the tournament one way or another.