Which countries have become relevant in the past five years? Chris Ebersole: It’s really hard to narrow it to certain countries because there’s obviously the countries that have sort of a history and tradition like Australia, for example, where we now have a lineage of young guards with Giddey in Oklahoma City, but also Daniels in the G League Ignite and a young player named Tyrese Proctor, who’s basically a senior in our program in Australia and now who’s has the opportunity whether he goes pro or whether he goes to college at a very high level following the footsteps of those players. At the same time, we have for example a young player, we call him DMX; his name is Derrick Michael Xzavierro from Indonesia, and he’s excelling with our NBA Global Academy in Australia, and he’s going to be a big-time player. Indonesia is not a market known for basketball talent at this point but in the future, there could be a ton of potential there, maybe young players looking up to DMX.
Former Cleveland Cavaliers big man Marques Bolden has officially became a naturalized Indonesian citizen ahead of the FIBA Asia Cup 2021. National team head coach Rajko Toroman first revealed of the plans to add him as another naturalized player during a postgame press conference at the recently concluded FIBA Asia Cup qualifiers, and it became official after Bolden underwent the oath-taking rites in Jakarta earlier today. The development came just a few days after the Indonesian Parliament gave the approval.
Clarkson has also expanded his support for the youth in the Philippines—his biological mother, Annette, is half Filipino—and grown his basketball camps to four locations this past summer: in Beijing, China; Surabaya, Indonesia; Taguig, Philippines; and Corona, Calif., where he partnered with the local Boys & Girls Club. For each of his camps, which cater to ages 8-17 and emphasize skills development and positive reinforcement, he sponsors a significant number of children who are unable to attend due to economic hardship. “I love doing the basketball camps, especially for all the little kids—just trying to give them experience that I have had,” he said.