Kevin Quiambao is in an impressive run with Strong Group Athletics (SGA) in the 33rd Dubai International Basketball Championship, so much so that host country United Arab Emirates is looking to naturalize the 22-year-old.
SGA coach Charles Tiu confirmed the rumor surrounding the 6’6 power forward from De La Salle University, who has been averaging 18.7 points, four rebounds, and three assists in the team’s spotless 3-0 campaign.
“That is true. They’ve shown a lot of interest in him,” said Tiu on CNN’s Sports Desk. “He’s got a great future ahead of him. There would be way more opportunities for Kevin, even a higher level of basketball. That’s how good we think he is.”
Tiu added that he “fully supports” Quimbao, who recently notched a team-high 20 points against Beirut.
Quiambao also confirmed a scheduled meeting with UAE representatives to Tiebreaker Times, saying he will “heavily consider” the offer once he learns about their plans for the national team.
The UAAP Season 86 MVP, who has one year left after leading DLSU to the title, has previously played six games for Gilas Pilipinas. He will need to secure clearance from the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas to transfer federations.