Brgy. Ginebra San Miguel import Justin Brownlee hopes to suit up ‘soon’ as a naturalized player of the Philippine national men’s basketball team.
“I hope soon, sooner than later but I’m not sure right now, you know, as far as the naturalization is going,” Brownlee told reporters after practicing with the Gilas Pilipinas player pool for the 2019 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games on Monday, Oct. 28.
On August, representatives Michael Romero, Enrico Pineda, Erico Aristotle Aumentado, and Scott Davies Lanete filed House Bill No. 8106 for the naturalization of Brownlee, who previously suited up for Alab Pilipinas in the 2018 ASEAN Basketball League.
“I’m hoping that the bill pass really soon,” Brownlee said.
Meanwhile, the 31-year old American import stressed that he felt honored to be invited by Gilas Pilipinas coach Tim Cone, who also coaches Brgy. Ginebra in the PBA, to practice with the national team.
“It was an honor to just be invited to practice. You know being around all these talented guys playing in the PBA, playing against some of them, and now practicing with them, it was a special moment,” Brownlee said.
“It’s a lot of talent. I’m hoping they do really well in the SEA Games and get the gold medal,” he added.
The 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Best Import added that he enjoyed practicing with the national squad and welcomes the possibility of practicing with them again.
“(the practice) was fun. Just interacting with all the guys. You know, help them learning because the system they are using in Gilas is pretty much similar to Ginebra. Any type of help I can do, I am willing to do it,” Brownlee said.