Jason Castro, the speedy Gilas Pilipinas point guard, did not go to court to change his name just before the start of the FIBA Asia Championship.
In the official list of players submitted to FIBA, his name is Jason William because that is what is stamped on his passport. Under FIBA rules, the name on the passport is the official name of the player.
So it is not exactly his nom de guerre during international games, just his official passport name.
Jason assures everyone that when he returns to the PBA, it will be Castro again.
But the slight confusion may have done Gilas some good.
Opposing teams were perhaps confused who this William was having scouted a guy surnamed Castro.
Indeed, Castro made Jordan pay. Jason had 16 points, four rebounds and three assist in the 77-71 Gilas win.
Jason said William was the surname of his US serviceman father Ronald who was then deployed in Olongapo where he met his mother.
This is not the first time that Castro used the surname of his father, though.
Before his mother and father divorced when he was in Grade 6, he was Jason William. When the divorced was finalized, his mother told him to use her surname Castro.
He also used the surname William when he first played for Philippine Youth team in 2003 and the Harbour Centre-Philippine Team in the Southeast Asian Basketball Association (SEABA) tournament in 2007.