Get to know top NBA prospect Fil-Am Jalen Green

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(CNN Philippines, July 29) — Jalen Green is regarded as one of the best rookies to watch out for in the 2021-2022 NBA season.

The 19-year-old is of Filipino descent and projected to be a top 5 pick in the 2021 NBA Draft on July 30 (Philippine time).

Born in Merced, California, Green’s mother is Bree Purganan who hails from Ilocos Sur. His maternal grandfather is a full-blooded Filipino.

"I love the Philippines, the show of love and support. I'm just happy I get to represent them and I'm happy I have family out there...I'm excited and I hope they're excited," Green told the NBA G League.

HOMECOMING

Green first visited the Philippines three years ago during the 2018 NBTC tournament, where he suited up for the Fil-Am Sports team.

Green returned to the country a year later and played for the same squad in the 2019 NBTC tournament, where he put on a couple of highlight reels against the best local high school players.

SHINING ON THE INTERNATIONAL STAGE

Green was named the FIBA U17 World Cup Most Valuable Player after steering Team USA to its fifth straight title in 2018.

Playing alongside top prospects Evan Mobley and Jalen Suggs, Green led the team in scoring with 15.7 points, 2.3 rebounds, and 1.7 assists.

NBA G LEAGUE STINT

Green has decided to not play college basketball in the U.S. National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and joined the NBA G-League Ignite — a team composed of elite NBA draft prospects. He showed flashes of brilliance in 15 games where he averaged 17.9 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 2.8 assists in 32 minutes of action.

His experience in the pathway program has prepared him with the style of play in the NBA.