Justin Brownlee pumped to play for Gilas after officially becoming a Filipino citizen

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 18) — Justin Brownlee could not wait to give back to the Philippines, which he said has been showering him with tremedous love and support as he is set to finally represent the country on the international stage.

The 34-year-old Barangay Ginebra resident import, who recently took his oath of allegiance as a naturalized Filipino citizen, will see action in a two-game home stand in the sixth and final window of the 2023 FIBA Basketball World Cup Asian qualifiers happening next month.

Brownlee expressed his excitement at the opportunity of donning the Philippines' colors in the FIBA tournament.

"It's something that I've been waiting for a while," he told CNN Philippines' Sports Desk Wednesday. "I'm so happy, excited, and nervous as well."

"I'm just willing to do whatever it takes, hoping to make the country proud," he also said. "Hopefully, get some wins in the next window."

Brownlee is coming off another title run with Ginebra in the PBA Commissioner's Cup after dominating the Bay Area Dragons in a winner-take-all finals match over the weekend.

He will be the third naturalized player option for Gilas in the FIBA World Cup after Utah Jazz star guard Jordan Clarkson and former Ateneo standout Angelo Kouame.

The Philippines, which holds a 5-3 win-loss record in the FIBA qualifiers, will face Lebanon on Feb. 24, and Jordan on Feb. 27 at home.