Filipino-German basketball player Christian Standhardinger, 28, shot to fame on Tuesday as national team Gilas Pilipinas bested Japan 100-85 during a match at the 39th William Jones Cup at the Taipei Peace Basketball Hall.
Standhardinger, a forward, secured 22 points alongside 15 rebounds to pace Gilas’ victory against Japan.
Born to a Filipino mother and a French father in Munich, Germany, Standhardinger stands an impressive 201 centimeters, which has given him an advantage when playing basketball, Taiwan Apple Daily reported.
Approached by Gilas Pilipinas officials, the former German U18 team player accepted the invitation to join the team in June, saying he was honored to be able to play basketball for the national team of his mother’s homeland.
Fox Sports Asia reported that Standhardinger was a “potential game-changer” not just for Gilas Pilipinas but also for any Philippine Basketball Association team for whom he might play in the future.
Now the rising star has a number of options. Standhardinger is set to participate as a naturalized player for Gilas in the Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur, and might join the team in the Fiba (International Basketball Federation) Asia Cup and World Cup qualifiers, depending on Andray Blatche’s availability, the Sports Interactive Network website reported.