The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) informed today, Tuesday, The new day that the request to change sports citizenship of Markus Howard from the United States to Puerto Rico was approved and that only “an administrative process” remains to be completed so that the player of Puerto Rican descent can wear the National Team uniform in future competitions.
“FIBA has approved Markus Howard’s application to play for the Puerto Rico national team. Once the administrative process is completed, he will be able to play,” Liz Fulton, from the FIBA Communications Office, notified this medium.
The document does not specify what details are missing to complete the administrative process.
This medium learned that Markus had submitted the request in the summer before the World Cup and that he was waiting for a response from FIBA. Markus made the request after receiving approval from USA Basketball to change programs.
The son of Puerto Rican Noemi Santana and brother of point guard Jordan Howard had to do the procedure because he had represented the United States in a youth tournament at age 17.
Markus intends to play alongside his brother on the Puerto Rican national team in next year’s Olympic Repechage in search of a place at the Paris 2024 Games.
Markus should be an imported player in the squad. With a brief experience in the NBA with Denver, the 5’10” guard is currently the best scorer in Spain’s ACB League with Baskonia with an average of 17.7 points. He also excels in the Euroleague.
Puerto Rico, incidentally, asked to be one of the venues for the playoffs. On November 27, FIBA will announce the groups and venues.