Eddie Laure

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Eddie Laure
No. 25 – Blackwater Elite
Position Small forward
League PBA
Personal information
Born (1977-06-06) June 6, 1977 (age 37)
Zamboanga del Norte, Philippines
Nationality Filipino
Listed height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Listed weight 195 lb (88 kg)
Career information
College Adamson University
PBA draft 2003 Round: 1 / Pick: 3rd overall
Selected by the Shell Turbo Chargers
Pro career 2003–present
Career history
1998–2002 Batangas/LBC-Batangas Blades
2003 Shell Turbo Chargers
2004–2006 Purefoods Tender Juicy Hotdogs
2006–2008, 2012-2014 Alaska Aces
2008–2010 Rain or Shine Elasto Painters
2010–2011 Powerade Tigers
2011-2012 Philippine Patriots
2014–present Blackwater Elite
Career highlights and awards
  • MBA Rookie of the Year (1998)
  • MBA Mythical Second Team (2000)
  • MBA Most Valuable Player (2001)
  • MBA Mythical First Team (2001)
  • MBA Scoring champion (2001)

Eddie B. Laure (born July 6, 1977 in San Juan, Metro Manila, Philippines) is a Filipino professional basketball player. He plays for the Blackwater Elite. Known by many as The Dominator and more recently, The Bounty Hunter for his daring and stunning ability to search and get loose balls on the court, he is a former MBA MVP. He is acknowledged as one of the greatest players to come from Zamboanga del Norte.

Amateur career[edit]

Laure played for the Adamson Falcons in the UAAP from 1994-1997 alongside future PBA superstars Kenneth Duremdes and Marlou Aquino. He also played in the PBL during his time prior to the pro ranks, winning an MVP once.

Professional career[edit]

Metropolitan Basketball Association[edit]

In 1998, Laure joined the Batangas Blades in the newly formed professional Metropolitan Basketball Association. Despite playing for the lowly Blades teams from 1998–2000, Laure was the cornerstone of the franchise, playing in several All-Star games and the Mythical Team award.

In 2001, he was later joined by former Manila Metrostars players Rommel Adducul and Alex Compton to lead Batangas to their only MBA National Championship over the Negros Slashers. Laure was later named the Most Valuable Player of the 2001 season and the last player in MBA history to win the award before its closure in 2002.

Short return to the PBL[edit]

After the MBA's demise, Laure joined the Welcoat Paintmasters in the 2002 PBL Challenge Cup. Again, Laure played with a star-studded team of Rommel Adducul, Ronald Tubid, Marc Pingris, and Ervin Sotto.

Laure was named in the Mythical Five of the said tournament and the Paintmasters won the title via a 3-0 sweep over Dazz Dishwashing. Laure then opted to turn pro again in 2003.

Philippine Basketball Association[edit]

In 2003, Laure was selected third overall by the Shell Turbo Chargers in the PBA Draft. He had a decent rookie campaign with Shell posting double figures in points but was unable to lead the Turbo Chargers to a respectable record.

He was traded in 2004 to Purefoods for Billy Mamaril but struggled in his stint with the TJ Hotdogs while nursing a knee injury. The 6'4 forward played for just 24 games in the 2004-05 season, and hardly a factor on offense but had a few games where he shone on the defensive end.

In the 2005-06 season, he joined the Alaska Aces and was a key contributor off the bench. Due to the injury of Reynel Hugnatan, he was given significant playing time. Along with Hugnatan, Laure was also joined by John Ferriols, a fellow former MBA MVP, in a trio of former MBA superstars in the Alaska fold.

24 hours after the 2008 Rookie Draft proper, he was traded to his former PBL team, the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters, together with fifth overall pick Solomon Mercado for former No. 1 pick, Joe Devance, and two future second round picks.

In the off-season of 2010, he was traded to the Powerade Tigers together with Rain or Shine's 1st round pick in 2011 in exchange for Larry Rodriguez.

He also has a stint with the AirAsia Philippine Patriots in the ABL in 2011.[1]

Prior to the start of the 2012-13 PBA season he then re-signed with the Alaska Aces for his second stint with the team.[2] His veteran presence provided leadership to the young guns.

He was relegated to the reserved injured list for the entire 2013-14 season, and was placed in the dispersal pool at season's end. He was picked by Blackwater Elite during the 2014 PBA Expansion Draft.[3][4]

Awards[edit]

1998 MBA most 2000 MBA Mythical Second Team
2001 MBA Most Valuable Player
2001 MBA Mythical First Team
2001 MBA Scoring Champion: (23.6)

References[edit]

Preceded by
Rommel Adducul
MBA Most Valuable Player
2001
Succeeded by
None