Gabby Espinas

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Gabby Espinas
No. 27 – Alaska Aces
Position Power forward / Small forward
League PBA
Personal information
Born (1982-01-03) January 3, 1982 (age 32)
Olongapo City, Zambales, Philippines
Nationality  Philippines
Listed height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Listed weight 200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
College Philippine Christian University
PBA draft 2006 Round: 1 / Pick: 5th overall
Selected by the San Miguel Beermen
Pro career 2006–present
Career history
San Miguel Beermen
(2006-2007)
Air21 Express
(2007-2008)
Barako Bull Energy Boosters
(2008-2009)
Sta. Lucia Realtors
(2009-2010)
Meralco Bolts
(2010-2012)
Career highlights and awards
  • NCAA 2004 Most Valuable Player
  • NCAA 2004 Rookie of the Year
  • 1-Time PBA All-Star (2009)

Gabriel (Gabby) Espinas (born January 3, 1982 in Olongapo City, Zambales, Philippines) is a Filipino professional basketball player who plays for the Alaska Aces in the Philippine Basketball Association. He was born of an African-American father, who was once stationed in Subic but died when Gabby was only five years old, and a Filipina mother.[1] A 6'4" forward, he was drafted fifth overall by the Beermen in the 2006 PBA Draft. He made a name in the amateur ranks as the first-ever Rookie of the Year-Most Valuable Player of the National Collegiate Athletic Association while playing for the Philippine Christian University Dolphins.

Amateur career[edit]

Espinas began to play for PCU in the NCAA in the 2004 season. With Espinas, Robert Sanz, Jayson Castro, and Ian Garrido playing together with head coach Loreto Tolentino, the Dolphins made it to the Final Four for the first time since 2002.

After defeating the defending champion Letran Knights, PCU defeated the UPHSD Altas in the finals with Espinas scoring double-double numbers in the Final Four and the championship series.

He became the first NCAA player to be named as the Rookie of the Year and the Most Valuable Player in the same season. San Beda's Sam Ekwe followed suit in the 2006 season.

From 2005-2006, he led the Dolphins to the finals only to lose to Letran and San Beda, respectively. However, he was still named to the Mythical Five in both seasons.

He debuted in the Philippine Basketball League in 2005 for the Harbour Centre Portmasters playing alongside Mark Cardona, LA Tenorio, Magnum Membrere, and PCU teammates Castro and Sanz.

After a stint with Harbour, he played his final two conferences with the Hapee-PCU squad, leading them to the semifinals in the Heroes Cup.

Professional career[edit]

In the 2006 PBA Draft, Espinas was drafted fifth overall by the San Miguel Beermen. After his time with PCU, he was quickly signed by San Miguel to a rookie contract. He made his PBA debut in a game against Red Bull and played an impressive performance despite the loss.

He then played the reserve role for the Beermen after the team acquired the services of Rommel Adducul and Lordy Tugade plus the return from injury of Danny Ildefonso.

The San Miguel Beermen traded Espinas for the Air21 Express' first round pick in the 2008 PBA Draft.[2]

He was then traded by the Air21 Express to the Red Bull Barako for a first round pick in the 2009 PBA Draft. The pick was then used to draft Japeth Aguilar as the first overall in 2009 by the Whoopers.[3]

In 2009, he was again traded to the Sta. Lucia Realtors, his fourth team, for Sta. Lucia's 2009 first round pick.

He, again got traded to the Alaska Aces in exchange for Jay-R Reyes.[4]

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Preceded by
San Beda's school colors Ronnie Bughao
NCAA Seniors' Basketball Rookie of the Year
2004
Succeeded by
Mapua's school colors Kelvin dela Peña
Preceded by
SSC-R's school colors Leo Najorda
NCAA Seniors' Basketball Most Valuable Player
2004
Succeeded by
CSB's school colors Jay Sagad