Undrafted Fil-Am Kihei Clark Joins Utah Jazz Summer League Roster
In recent basketball news, the spotlight was often directed at Filipino Kai Sotto. But there’s a Filipino American basketball player who is also determined to establish his name in the NBA, Kihei Clark.
Despite not being picked in the 2023 NBA Draft, Clark’s journey took an exciting turn when he received an invitation from the Utah Jazz to show his basketball skills in the next Summer League.
This gives the talented Fil-Am player considerable opportunity to prove his skills and secure a spot in the league. The Salt Lake City Summer League is happening on July 3-6.
After the summer league, Clark will continue playing in the Las Vegas off-season on July 7 until July 17. He will join the Utah Jazz, a team that has promising first-round drafts.
The Utah Jazz are signing Kihei Clark to their summer league roster, League Sources tell The Athletic. Clark was one of the better point guards in college basketball the last four years
— Tony Jones (@Tjonesonthenba) June 23, 2023
Jazz’s picks include Keynote George (no.16), Taylor Hendricks (No.9), And Brice Sensabaugh (no. 28). After the summer league, they will head to Las Vegas for matches with Denver, Minnesota, and Phoenix.
Clark started his basketball career at the University of Virginia in 2018. He played a significant role in leading the Virginia Cavaliers to the NCAA National Championship in 2019.
You may also like: How Erik Spoelstra Is Changing the Game as a Filipino American NBA Coach
He showcased his remarkable ball-handling skills, ability to control the game’s tempo and court goals. Clark makes up for not having a towering height with his defensive tactics. He often frustrates opponents with his unwavering on-ball pressure.
— Cavalier Insider (@cavalierinsider) June 23, 2023
Born to a Filipino mother and a Chinese African-American father, Clark already graced Philippine courts in 2018. He played with another Fil-Am player Jalen Green in the prominent NBTC All-Star Game.
Kihei Clark’s exceptional performance in the game led him to win the title of All-Star Game MVP. Philippine basketball legend Robert Jaworski himself awarded him the recognition.
This Filipino American basketball achiever’s journey is proof of his determination and perseverance. From his exceptional college career to his remarkable performance in the Philippines, Kihei Clark has proved himself a vital force inside basketball courts.
As he joins the NBA summer league, he can establish his name in the professional league and continue inspiring other new basketball players, particularly in the Fil-Am community.
For more updates on the latest news and interesting articles, stay tuned at Inquirer.net.