Gilas Pilipinas could maximize Justin Brownlee's versatility and ability to score big if the national team successfully wins him as a naturalized player.
Former Charlotte Bobcats coach Mike Dunlap, who worked with Brownlee while at St. Johns, believes Brownlee's skills fit the national team perfectly.
"He was one of the guys who were positionless before positionless became a fashionable word," Dunlap said in a recent Hoop Coaches International webinar.
"He is clever and versatile and can of course score points."
It was Brownlee's last year at St. Johns in 2011 when Dunlap acted as assistant coach for Steve Lavin.
A few months later, Brownlee was no longer drafted into the NBA Draft 2011 and started a whirlwind career in which he played in Europe and Asia.
Brownlee has a legendary status as a Barangay Ginebra-based import in the PBA after winning four titles since 2016. This adds to the title of the Asean Basketball League, which he won in 2018 as a reinforcement from Alab Pilipinas.
These successes led to Brownlee having to be naturalized for Gilas Pilipinas. In fact, Brownlee Naturalization Bill No. 8106 has already been approved by representatives Michael Romero (1-Pacman), Enrico Pineda (1-Pacman), Erico Aumentado (Bohol, 2nd district) and Scott Lanete (Quezon City, 3rd district) ) introduced) two years ago.
Ateneo's Ivorian center Ange Kouame and the former San Miguel amplifier Chris McCullough are also considered for naturalization.
The president of Samahang Basketbolng Pilipinas (SBP), Al Panlilio, said in an earlier interview with the investigator that Gilas has multiple prospects for naturalization and that they have an eye on a player they are only his Confirm willingness to play. Panlilio did not, however, name the prospect.
Naturalization of a player, Panlilio said, depends very much on what type of domestic lineup Gilas will have, especially for the 2023 World Cup, which will bring the Philippines together with Indonesia and Japan.
If the 7-foot-2-Kai Sotto, who has just signed a G-League contract, is available, it is logical to believe that Brownlee could be the perfect solution, since Gilas has a high front with 6- Foot-10 The six-time PBA player with the most valuable asset, June Mar Fajardo, expected to be able to join the squad easily as he will be at the height of his health in three years.
Dunlap said Brownlee has a winning mentality that coaches cannot teach.
"The thing with the pro level, whether in the Philippines, in the NBA, in Australia or in the Euroball, is that you need people who can score when money is at stake." And Justin was one of those guys where you didn't have to draw a piece [for] and suddenly he did something where you went: "Oh my god." And he was one of the guys, "he said.
Brownlee's ability to adapt to teammates is also an asset.
"He's a good team mate and the people in the locker room liked Justin," he said. "He never had a bite. He only knew how to get along with people, so I like that about him. "INQ
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