Jalen Green remains proud of his Filipino heritage
Incoming NBA rookie Jalen is known for his elite athleticism on the court. However, not a lot of people know that he’s actually part Asian. Filipino-American, to be exact.
After being selected by the Houston rockets as the second overall pick of the 2021 NBA Draft, Green, whose mom’s side of the family is part Filipino, acknowledged the support he gets from the basketball-crazed nation.
“I love the Philippines. I’m just happy I get to represent them and I’m happy I have family out there,” he said.
"I'm happy that I have family out there and I'm tied into the Philippines so I'm excited, and I hope they're excited [too].
The 19-year-old is dubbed as a Unicorn for his unique set of skills. Green proved he has all the makings of the next NBA star, as he shined in his one-and-done stint in the G-League. The 6-foot-6 high-leaper 17.4 points and 4.1 rebounds and showcased a well-rounded game on both ends.
Sadly, for his Filipino fans, Green is unlikely to represent the country in international competitions anytime soon. He already played for the United States and won three gold medals from FIBA competitions.
Still, it’s nice to see the young man acknowledge his heritage, as he takes the next step of his basketball journey in the big leagues.