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With iECO stint done, Joshua Munzon looks to stay longer in Philippines



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The up-and-coming Joshua Munzon might be staying longer – or maybe for good – in the Philippines, as he now looks forward to continuing his basketball career where he traces his roots.

The Filipino-American swingman has just finished a tour of duty with the iECO Green Warriors in the Asia League’s The Terrific 12 tournament at the Studio City Events Center in Macau, China.

The Philippine contingent was unable to make it into the semifinals. They finished the tourney with a 0-2 card, as they lost to the Ryukyu Golden Kings of Japan and China’s Xinjiang Flying Tigers.

Munzon averaged 10.5 points in those outings.

As soon as he lands in Manila over the weekend, Munzon will have plenty of options to explore: he can play for Pampanga in the MPBL, or he can throw his name in the PBA D-League Draft.

“I’m working on a couple things, talking to a couple of people. I am on the lineup of the Pampanga team so I could play at the Maharlika league. I do want to play [in the] D-League coming up, too,” the 23-year-old disclosed.

“So we’ll see.”

Aside from the the MPBL and the D-League, the California-born cager has also been offered a chance to take part in an upcoming 3×3 pro league backed by national team sponsor Chooks-to-Go.

And ultimately, there’s an opportunity for him to return to the ASEAN Basketball League, as the Green Warriors – owned by Blackwater owner Dioceldo Sy – are looking to join the regional pro league.

“This team has a chance to play in the ABL – maybe. Who knows, they might want me for that team or maybe not,” said Munzon, who played for Saigon Heat and Westports Malaysia Dragons.

“You never know.”

The 23-year-old admitted that he has yet to choose among the many options at his doorstep. But the only thing certain for Munzon is that he will be playing in the Philippines.

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“I’m just still figuring out what exactly I want,” said the 6-foot-4 swingman. “For sure, I see myself playing in the Philippines in the future.

“I just think it’s a matter of time, the right situation, you know.”