Filipino-American Greg Slaughter has officially been cleared by FIBA in time as the Philippines open the fourth window of the World Cup Asian Qualifiers.
The 7-foot center’s status was in limbo due to the rule change that requires all local players to have acquired a passport prior to the age of 16, despite having suited up in international competitions in the past.
Slaughter has reportedly secured his Philippine passport at 17, when they moved to his maternal hometown to study and play collegiate-level basketball. He has since been residing in the country and is currently playing in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) for the Barangay Ginebra San Miguel franchise who drafted him in 2013.
Slaughter was included in the Gilas pool during the 2013 FIBA Asia Championship but was not included in the final roster. He last donned the national team colors when he was the starting center for the Philippines’ B-team ‘Sinag Pilipinas’ that won both the 2011 SEA Games and the 2011 SEABA Championships.
Team Philippines is expected to release their final line-up prior to battling the Asian Games runners-up Iran at the Azady Gym in Tehran on September 13 at 17:00 (+4:30 GMT).