Ateneo Former Ateneo star and Gilas Women mainstay Jhaz Joson is set to play in Australia’s NBL1 West side Northern Star Resources Goldfields Giants. FIBA photo

Joson to play in NBL

April 2, 2024 Theodore P. Jurado 167 views

JHAZ Joson hopes to make the most out of her debut overseas stint as the former Ateneo women’s basketball standout will suit up for NBL1 West side Northern Star Resources Goldfields Giants in Australia.

“Congratulations to Jhaz Joson for signing with NBL1 team Goldfields Giants, an NBL1 West club based in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia. The Giants got a good one!,” Joson’s management agency Titan said in a statement Monday.

Bringing in a wealth of basketball experience, first in the United States playing high school basketball, and playing for the Blue Eagles in the UAAP, Joson will try to make an impact in her first professional sortie.

In her final season for Ateneo, Joson showcased her versatility, averaging an impressive 10.57 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 5.71 assists per game. The 24-year-old guard led the Blue Eagles to back-to-back UAAP Final Four stint.

Joson signed with the Giants late last week as she was heading off for national team duties, competing in the FIBA 3×3 Asia Cup in Singapore over the weekend, where Gilas Women won five games before losing to Chinese Taipei in the quarterfinals.

Giants coach Jaymi Worthington is looking forward to what Joson can offer for the team.

“Jhazmin is a versatile shooting guard that has a quick shot release and high basketball IQ,” Worthington said in an interview via the club’s website.

“Coming off her Asia Cup 3×3 tournament playing for the Philippines, Jhazmin’s value is in creating for her teammates as well as being lethal from beyond the arc,” he added.

“We are looking forward to welcoming Jhaz to the Goldfields and having her part of our squad.”

Joson, who returned to the country along with her Gilas 3×3 teammates yesterday is due to arrive in Kalgoorlie-Boulder this week.

The Giants’ NBL1 season opener is set in Perth on Saturday before their home debut on April 13.

Joson’s move to the NBL1 league adds to the growing Filipino presence in Australian basketball.

Another Gilas Women star, Jack Danielle Animam is showcasing her skills with the NBL1 South’s Ringwood.