Greg Slaughter

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Greg Slaughter
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No. 20 – Barangay Ginebra San Miguel
Position Center
League PBA
Personal information
Born (1988-05-19) May 19, 1988 (age 26)
Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Nationality Filipino-American
Listed height 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m)
Listed weight 258 lb (117 kg)
Career information
High school Massaponax
(Fredericksburg, Virginia)
College University of the Visayas (2007–09)
Ateneo de Manila University (2011–12)
PBA draft 2013 Round: 1st / Pick: 1st overall
Selected by the Barangay Ginebra San Miguel
Pro career 2013–present
Career history
2013–present Barangay Ginebra San Miguel
Career highlights and awards

Gregory William "Greg" Slaughter (born May 19, 1988) is a Filipino-American professional basketball player for the Barangay Ginebra San Miguel of the Philippine Basketball Association. He was selected first overall by the Barangay Ginebra in the 2013 PBA Draft.[1][2][3] Sports commentators and scribes call him GregZilla because of his apparent heft and height [4]

Slaughter is currently the second tallest active player in the Philippine Basketball Association standing at 7 feet behind Peter John Ramos who stands at 7 feet and 4 inches. Slaughter is tied with E.J. Feihl as the tallest local player in the history of the PBA and is the tallest local player in the league today.[5]

Early life[edit]

Greg's father is 6'3", while his mother was 5'7". Both of his parents were health physicists at Nuclear power plants. He was born in Ohio and grew up in Virginia, finishing at Massaponax High School. In 2007, his family moved to Cebu, the hometown of his mother. He quickly learned Cebuano and was convinced by his maternal uncles to play competitive basketball.[6]

College career[edit]

He studied and played for the University of the Visayas from 2007-2009 and took up Political Science. He was a dominant force due to his height. He transferred to Ateneo de Manila University in 2010 and became an eligible player in 2011.[7] In his two seasons for the Blue Eagles, he averaged 13.1 PPG, 9.8 RPG, 1.8 APG 2.9 BPG and 49.7 FG%, and he placed second in rebounds and blocks. He successfully teamed up with Kiefer Ravena and Nico Salva to lead Ateneo to two UAAP championships and completing a five-peat.[8]

PBA D-League[edit]

After graduating from Ateneo, he signed with PBA D-League team NLEX Road Warriors to showcase his talent for the upcoming PBA Draft.

PBA career[edit]

PBA Draft[edit]

He declared for the 2013 PBA Draft. In the prospect camp, he was measured to have height of 6 foot and 11 5/8 inches and a wingspan of 85 inches. he had a vertical reach of 11 feet 6 inches and performed 40 bench presses, the most of all draft applicants. He also did 50 situps, 62 pushups and 18 pullups. After the workout, multiple PBA managers and analysts listed him as the no. 1 prospect.[9] Barangay Ginebra San Miguel picked him with the #1 pick in the draft.

Barangay Ginebra San Miguel (2013-)[edit]

Greg Slaughter was paired with Japeth Aguilar to form one of the most formidable frontcourt duos in the PBA and was dubbed the "Twin Towers". In his first game in the PBA, he tallied 10 points (5 of 9 shooting) and 13 rebounds in 36 minutes of play.

International career[edit]

Slaughter was the starting center for the Sinag Pilipinas team that won the 2011 SEA games and the 2011 SEABA tournament which was the qualifying tournament for the 2011 FIBA Asia Championship.[10] He was also a part the national team pool in preparation for the 2013 FIBA Asia Championship held in the Philippines but did not make it to the final 12 roster. He was again invited to the pool that will train to compete in both the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup in Spain and 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea, but he declined.[11]

Career Statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Correct as of March 16, 2014 [12]

Year Team GP MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2013-14 Brgy. Ginebra 26 34.23 .521 .000 .665 9.85 1.35 0.27 1.50 14.88

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dy, Richard (November 3, 2013). "Chants of 'Ginebra, Ginebra' as Slaughter made No. 1 pick in surprise-filled PBA draft". Spin.ph. Retrieved November 7, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Slaughter leads 44 hopefuls in PBA draft". Rappler. November 6, 2013. Retrieved November 7, 2014. 
  3. ^ COMPLETE 2013 PBA DRAFT RESULTS | Philippine Basketball Association PBA
  4. ^ 'Gregzilla' Slaughter throws weight around as vengeful Ginebra pounds San Mig SPIN.ph
  5. ^ Greg Slaughter Profile at pba-online.net
  6. ^ "Greg Slaughter- Man of Great Heights". Mico Halili. 2011-09-07. Retrieved 2014-01-14. 
  7. ^ "After playing pro, Ateneo'sGreg Slaughter back in college for his degree". GMA Network. 2012-08-01. Retrieved 2014-01-14. 
  8. ^ "Top 10 Collegiate basketball players". Robi Raya. 2012-11-04. Retrieved 2014-01-14. 
  9. ^ "Stats confirm Slaughter as no.1 prospect". Roy Luarca. 2013-10-18. Retrieved 2014-01-14. 
  10. ^ "Sinag Pilipinas Shines". Hoopnut.com. 2011-11-24. Retrieved 2014-01-14. 
  11. ^ http://www.interaksyon.com/interaktv/the-curious-case-of-smc-players-declining-invitations-to-gilas-pilipinas
  12. ^ "Greg Slaughter stats". PBAonline.com. 2014-01-15. Retrieved 2014-01-15.