BRANDON JAWATO A STRONG CANDIDATE AS A NATURALIZED PLAYER FOR INDONESIA
A total of 15 players were called to participate in the first round of the 3x3 Putra Indonesia national team selection. They were prepared to take part in the 2019 SEA Games in Manila. In addition to local players, there will also added naturalized player. Brandon Jawato is a strong candidate as players who will be naturalized for Indonesia's 3x3 national team.The first selection will take place in Jakarta from 19th to 21st August. The selection was led directly by Head Coach Ali Budimansyah, and assisted by Tri Hartanto as assistant coach.
Rama Datau as manager of the 3x3 Putra Indonesia national team explained the selection of players was also based on their appearance in IBL 3X3 some time ago. The first stage of the process is to narrow from 15 to eight players. After that it will be divided into two groups. The first group (four players) will enter the tournament in the Maldives. While the second group will take part in other FIBA tournaments. "Of the eight players we will choose six players in October. The six players will be sent to attend training camps in Serbia. Then the four best players of Indonesia, go to the 2019 Manila SEA Games in November," said Rama Datau.
Furthermore, Rama explained the matter of player naturalization. Indeed in the 3x3 SEA Games later, each country may enter one naturalized player. The name Brandon Jawato is said to be a strong candidate as a naturalized player for Indonesia's 3x3 national team. Jawato is an American-Indonesian player. He played for Pelita Jaya Basketball Club at IBL 2016. He then won the ABL 2018-2019 with CLS Knights Indonesia.
"We prioritize players (naturalization) who have played in Indonesia. So we choose players who know Indonesian culture. One of the candidates is Brandon Jawato. We are preparing the files, all in the submission process," said Rama. "We have done communication with Jawato. He (Jawato) is interested in joining."
For the backup plan, Rama revealed that Indonesia could have performed without a naturalized player. Because Indonesia already has good individual capital. But physical abilities that need to be improved again. At present, Rama Datau and PP PERBASI are still trying to find as many FIBA tournaments as they can, until before the upcoming SEA Games. (tor)