Jordan Heading's planned Taiwan stint in peril

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 21) — Jordan Heading's plan to play in Taiwan is in peril, after the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas clarified his current status with the national basketball body.

In a statement released Thursday, the SBP said it reached out to FIBA as well as the Chinese Taipei Basketball Association regarding reports of the Filipino-Australian guard signing with the Taichung Suns in the upcoming T1 League.

The statement, which was signed by SBP executive director Sonny Barrios, stressed that Heading has a live legal contract with them until March 2023.

Heading was selected first overall by the Terrafirma Dyip in the special Gilas Pilipinas draft in this year's PBA Rookie Draft.

The 25-year-old guard suited up for Gilas in the 2021 FIBA Asia Cup qualifiers in Clark, Pampanga last June. He posted 6.5 points on 33-percent shooting from beyond the arc and 1.5 assists in 17.4 minutes of action.

If his plan pushes through, Heading would become the third Filipino cager to be signed as an import in the T1 League after Jason Brickman, who played for the Kaohsiung Poseidon Aquas, and Caelan Tiongson of the Taoyuan Leopards.