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Christian David is a Canadian 2017 6’5 SG out of Milton, Ontario, attending high school at Bishop Reding and competes on the AAU circuit with S-Elite.

He is currently NPH #1-Ranked Canadian prospect in the class of 2017.

David’s recruitment exploded after an MVP performance at the Toronto #NPHShowcase this past summer, followed by strong production on the AAU circuit.

David currently holds major NCAA offers from Illinois, Baylor, Oregon and St Bonaventure.

Christian David DPThe rising Filipino star is already very skilled, with a well-rounded game and still growing both physically and as a player–Picture perfect shooting stroke, High I.Q, great length and athleticism, complimented with possibly his most distinguishing characteristic–VISION and passing ability.

David represents not only the boom in Canadian basketball, but also the rise of Filipino players, as we at North Pole Hoops continue to discover new talent with this background.

Remember the name Christian David…a Filipino-Canadian STAR in the Making!

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13 thoughts on “Christian David – Filipino-Canadian STAR in the Making!

  1. Black Hippy says:

    I understand that this article is mentioning Christian David in a positive light, but highlighting the fact that he’s Filipino is little irrelevant…He’s Canadian. I don’t think I’ve read any articles on your site about the rise of Jamaican-Canadian black players such as Tristan Thompson, Tyler Ennis, Anthony Bennett, etc… honestly, who cares, they’re all Canadian. But thanks to bringing awareness to this player, I’m excited to watch him play…Go Canada!

    1. Dropping Knowledge says:

      Who cares? Filipinos do. Most of the players that you mentioned are Black, and we all know basketball is predominantly Black. Christian David’s Filipino heritage not only makes him a minority in Canada and basketball, but it’s also very popular among the Filipino fanbase.

      The Bhullar brothers are also Canadian, but we all know they are also referred to by their Indian heritage as well. I don’t see the problem in recognizing his ethnicity, especially since it can help him both on and off the court in the future.

      1. This thread got off topic very quickly … Christian is a great player and clearly NPH wants to recognize him as they should but you should also recognize the marketing in what is being done here and it has worked well they only really stress the Title “Christian David – Filipino-Canadian STAR in the Making!” to make Filipino people pay attention and click on the article or video they want your attention .. Christian’s game speaks for itself without the “Filipino” distinction the kid can play. But please just know its a marketing tool .. like when they say Serena and venus are black and play tennis we all know they are black but to this day they put it in the title of things they do its called “click bait” its not flattering when the person is actually good and has talent .. Christian is actually good ..

        Side note do you claim Jordan Clarkson the same as you claim Christian because technically he is Philipino his mom is and now you notice Jordan is marketing the Philipino part of his heritage it works both ways ..

        1. NothingButNet says:

          Well Filipinos probably do claim Jordan Clarkson, ever since they found out he could play for the Philippines national team and not count as a naturalized player. He isn’t the only half Black player that has been tried to be recruited either from the USA. There are players like Gabe Norwood and Matthew Ganuelas that are half Black and from the USA, but went to go play in the PBA and the national team right after. If you actually knew more about Filipinos, there are dedicated forums that search for ever single basketball player that has any kind of heritage to try and recruit to their national team. Whether it’s 100% or 1%, they’re looking for him. So recognizing Christian David’s Filipino background has more importance than people in Canada realize.

          Also, majority of websites, including NorthpoleHoops need views. I don’t see the problem in marketing his heritage considering he has a background that has a huge population of fans that love the sport of basketball. Every player is going to try to market themselves at one point. That’s why there are mixtapes, blog, etc. Just because some of the Black players don’t marketed as such, doesn’t mean other players shouldn’t. That just sounds like there’s not a market for those players.

        2. NothingButNet says:

          The Serena Williams was a poor analogy considering that racial tension in the U.S. is very high. It’s important to people to recognize them as Black athletes because they are a minority in a sport where it is not a predominately Black sport. It’s that simple, they broke barriers. Same way that Tiger Woods did, and Barack Obama did for the Black community. To this day, they have marches with the theme “Black Lives” matter. So yes, especially in sports, it does matter. There were even talks about the percentage of Black coaches in professional sports as well.

          Basketball is a part of entertainment. You might see it as “click bait” because it’s not that important to you, but there are fans or even potential new fans who would very interested in that type of information. That’s part of acknowledging diversity.

          The NBA even mentions the difference heritage/nationalities from various players:

          Carmelo Anthony – Puerto Rican
          Kyrie Irving – dual citizenship with Australia
          Karl Anthony Towns – Dominican
          Roy Hibbert – Jamaican

          the list goes on…again all Black players that have other sides to their background.

  2. Black Hippy says:

    Of course Filipinos care, as they should. Filipinos are among the most passionate basketball fans on the planet! But from a journalistic stand point, unless the article is a story about Christian’s life and background, the fact that he’s Filipino is irrelevant. It’s obvious he’s not black when you look at his picture. The writers of the article don’t need to state the obvious…Reality is, this is a ‘basketball only’ related article and the editors (whose passion about basketball I admire) were obviously looking for an attention grabber to get more views on the article….For example, it’s like reading a ‘hockey only’ related article about P.K. Subban and the writers keep mentioning that he is a “black hockey star.” The fact that P.K. is black should only come up if they are writing a feature article about him and his background. The same respect should apply to Christian, the Bhullar brothers, etc…

    Nonetheless, I don’t want to take any shine away from Christian David. It’s obvious he can ball. And anyone who is from Canada that can play at high level, is a player that I am excited to watch.

  3. Dropping Knowledge says:

    Irrelevant to who? you? Filipinos are passionate about basketball and there haven’t been many top prospects such as Christian David, thus it’s HIGHLY relevant. Your list of Black players aren’t the same situation. You’re only arguing otherwise because you don’t see the point. The Subban comparison doesn’t equate simply for the fact that hockey’s popularity among the Black community isn’t the magnitude among the Filipino community.

    The article even states this at the end “David represents not only the boom in Canadian basketball, but also the rise of Filipino players, as we at North Pole Hoops continue to discover new talent with this background “. Who are you to make the rules on what NPH should post about in their articles? His rise in basketball will be attached to ethnic background, regardless if you think it’s relevant or not.

  4. Black Hippy says:

    I think we are talking about two different things. I’m looking at this story from a journalistic stand point and you’re judging it from what’s only important to you. First of all, there are actual Canadian guidelines (The Canadian Press Stylebook) that all major newspapers and media outlets follow and one of them is to refer to a person’s race, colour, religion, sexual orientation, gender self-identification or physical ability unless it is pertinent to the story. In this case, it’s not pertinent to the story other than the forced point that was made.

    Number 2, anyone who played ball and is from Toronto and Vancouver (2 places with huge Filipino populations) can attest to the fact that Filipino’s have been playing ball (and VERY well) since day one. In both cities, the Filipino communities have been an extremely important in building the basketball culture even prior to the arrival of the Raptors and the Grizzlies. It’s not a new rising phenomenon as the article suggests. The talent of Filipino ballers has never been in question from anyone who lives here. The real truth is that there haven’t been many Filipinos players who are 6’5. Height combined with talent is what drives scholarship offers.

    Thirdly, your argument about PK Subban is flat out silly.

    Lastly, for anyone who wants to learn a little bit about about Filipino basketball culture in the Philippines, a great book is “Big Game, Small World” by Alexander Wolff. They have a great chapter that really encapsulates the history and the passion for the game that has spanned for decades over there.

  5. Dropping Knowledge says:

    Again, you’re “journalist” stand-point is clearly bias and overly snarky. Editorial staff decided to mention that he’s of Filipino background, nothing wrong with that. It’s not just important to me, funny how you’re trying to counter my argument that I originally pointed out towards you. In fact, you’re the one who first stated, who cares? now you’re back-tracking after I pointed out the Filipino fan-base.

    A person’s ethnic background can be equally as important to the story, especially since this the first video of Christian David to be featured on NPH. Bottom line: Christian David is the first player to be ranked overall by NPH in the Class of 2017 of Filipino descent, and they even acknowledge trying to continue to find players of similar background. Thus, it’s equally as important. He’s a pioneer. You can mention all the talent that you want, but how many have reached the success of Christian David thus far in Canada? You’re being quite disingenuous. Your Sabban argument and all the Black players you mention isn’t equal, but of course you dismiss it as silly.

    There are plenty of articles, news, and books about basketball in the Philippines, including Pacific Rims.

    This is a basketball website that tracks players of all talent and backgrounds in Canada, not trying to win a CAJ award. If they so want to mention “Filipino-Canadian” and continuing to find more talent, while pointing out one of the first players ever to be this successful, that’s HIGHLY relevant. Just because it doesn’t matter to you as a journalist, that doesn’t make it “Irrelevant”.

  6. Dropping Knowledge says:

    Bottom line: It is YOU that feels that it’s irrelevant, as originally stated. NPH, myself, and the Filipino fan-base that are interested clearly don’t think so. You can google search right now and you will already see people asking if he’s eligible for the Philippines national team. That alone is worthy enough to be part of the article because they understand the importance of it. That is a combination of both basketball and cultural that is highly relevant for a basketball website that wants to acknowledge the player that they have covered, and players of similar background that they want to cover in the future.

    Your contradicting yourself, even from a journalist view, to state otherwise. It’s not merely because he is 6’5″, even if Christian David was 6ft and ranked #1 overall, it would still be relevant to the Filipino fans. Nate Robinson was 5’9″ and stated he was part Filipino, and that still made Filipino news.

  7. Dropping Knowledge says:

    The Canadian guidelines give tips on how to address race/nationalities, etc. Is it forbidden or deemed to be highly offensive to mention the fact that he is “Filipino-Canadian”? They are not using it in a derogatory manner.

    “Names of races

    1. Capitalize the proper names of nationalities, peoples, races and tribes.

    Aboriginal Peoples, Arab, Caucasian, French-Canadian, Inuit, Jew, Latin, Negro, Asian, Cree ”

    They actually followed this guideline by indeed capitalizing “Filipino-Canadian”. Their usage of his ethnicity is not slighting anyone nor is it forced, it’s relevant to their article, thus the conclusion includes NPH’s continuation of finding players of similar background and talent. Christian is one of the first, thus they’re making mention of it. It’s highly contradicting how you’re trying to dismiss this from a journalist standpoint, because from a journalistic standpoint it’s relevant to the the Filipino basketball community and. Other Filipino media have also followed this story and NPH handled this in a very professional manner.

    It is YOU that finds it irrelevant, If the NPH has somehow violated or offended any groups where they feel slighted, I challenge you to report them to the CAJ and try to retrieve a response that NPH did in fact go against the guidelines and that NPH made any sort of violation.

  8. Dropping Knowledge says:

    Diversity guidelines. NPH abides and followed the rules.

    Christian David is a part of a minority in Canada and basketball. This is exactly what the CAJ encourages, but without the usage of stereotypes, and NPH did exactly that.

    “David represents not only the boom in Canadian basketball, but also the rise of Filipino players, as we at North Pole Hoops continue to discover new talent with this background.”

    Thank you again North Pole Hoops for raising awareness and adding to the diversity!

  9. Jonathan S. Quijano says:

    Watch out for my nephew AMIEL XAVIER DELOS REYES from Edmonton, Canada! 100% Flilipino, sophomore basketball player from Mother Margaret Mary Catholic High School.#ayawpa

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