By Amado Inigo
MANILA — Anytime soon there will be a Filipino player of Filipino lineage in the NBA.
It would be in the person of Ron Harper Jr., the Filipino-American son of five-time NBA champion and Bulls player Ron Harper who has declared for the NBA draft on Black Sabbath (Good Friday in the US).
Harper Jr. is born to Filipina mother Maria Pizzaro.
He plays for Rutgers University in the Big Ten Conference of the US NCAA Division I even as he reached the second round of this year’s edition of the NCAA Tournament.
The young Harper official announced his intent to join the NBA draft on Instagram. He has two more years of eligibility left in college.
The half-Filipino, half-Am junior hooper also thanked his team and those who had been with him in his journey so far on his social post.
“I will be entering my name into the 2021 NBA Draft while maintaining my eligibility,” said Harper Jr.
“This has been a life-long dream of mine that Rutgers University has put me in the position to chase. Thank you Rutgers Nation for your support.”
In 27 games at Rutgers, Harper Jr. averaged 32 minutes per outing. He posted norms of 14.9 points, 5.9 boards, and 1.6 assists every game.
In his most recent game against University Houston, Harper Jr. was limited to only six points, five rebounds, and two assists.
The NBA hopeful has seen basketball action in the Philippines in the SM-National Basketball Training Center (NBTC) High School Championships. (AI|MTVN)