|No. 42 – Alaska Aces|
September 1, 1986 |
|Listed height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Listed weight||175 lb (79 kg)|
|High school||San Beda College|
|College||De La Salle University|
|PBA draft||2011 / Pick: 1st overall|
|Selected by the Powerade Tigers|
|Career highlights and awards|
Joseph Evans "JVee" D. Casio (born September 1, 1986) is Filipino basketball player who plays for the Alaska Aces in the Philippine Basketball Association. He was drafted first overall by the Powerade Tigers in 2011 PBA draft.
Early Life and High School Career
Casio started playing basketball at the age of seven. He started by watching his brother play at their village and started his formal training during his stay at San Beda College, where was part of the San Beda Red Cubs squad in the NCAA Juniors Division. He helped the team sweep the eliminations of the 78th season of the NCAA. They faced the Letran Squires for the finals and won the 2002 NCAA juniors basketball championship, in which he was named the finals MVP.
He emerged as one of the top guns in his high school days as a Red Cub. He was known for his outside shooting skills, which made collegiate scouts interested to recruit him. San Beda tried to ask him to stay while Ateneo, FEU, and La Salle also made offers.
Casio joined the De La Salle Green Archers in 2003. In that season, he was known to sink in two free throws to seal an overtime game with Ateneo Blue Eagles and win the round with triples in the Semi-Finals. He won the Rookie of the Year award.
In UAAP Season 67, he is one of the important players that led the De La Salle Green Archers the win in the final game against FEU Tamaraws. He hit the game-changing 3-pointer that defined his UAAP career as a clutch performer.
He is UAAP Season 70 Finals co-MVP (shared with Cholo Villanueva) when the De La Salle Green Archers edged UE Red Warriors in the Finals of UAAP season 70 men's basketball. He was also selected as a member of the mythical five, with teammate Rico Maierhofer, Ateneo ace Chris Tiu, UE stalwart Mark Borboran, and season MVP UST's Jervy Cruz. During his last year with the Green Archers, he averaged 17 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 3.6 assists in 14 games.
Casio decided not to enter the PBA draft in 2009 because he was given an offer to play for the Smart Gilas national team, then coached by Rajko Toroman. He was a part of the squad that represented the Philippines in the FIBA Asia Stanković Cup 2010 and 2010 Asian Games Basketball Tournament together with PBA reinforcement Kelly Williams and Asi Taulava.
In the 2011 PBA Commissioner's Cup, Barako Bull filed a leave of absence for one season because of lack of budget. PBA Commissioner Chito Salud tapped Smart Gilas as Barako's replacement in their preparation for the 2011 FIBA Asia Champions Cup. He played 13 games, nine for the elimination round and four for the playoff round. He averaged 14.11 points per game, 3.33 rebounds per game and 5.22 assists per game in the eliminations. He also averaged 14.50 points per game, 3.75 rebounds per game, and 5.50 assists per game when they lost to Barangay Ginebra Kings 3-1 in the semi-finals and finished 3rd place in the league.
On August 16, 2011, he applied for the 2011 PBA Draft. But Smart Gilas coach Rajko Toroman refused to let him join on the said draft. He then said to Toroman that he will surely play for the Gilas anytime his services are needed. On August 28, 2011, he was selected first overall in the draft by Powerade Tigers. Smart Gilas teammate Marcio Lassiter was also chosen by the Tigers as 4th overall.
He missed the first four games of the 2011–12 PBA Philippine Cup due to sore left knee. Upon his return from injury, he had slow start in his first few games as a professional, but eventually found his groove, helping Powerade reach the Finals against Talk 'N Text.
In his rookie season, he posted norms of 11.9 points, 6.4 assists, and 3.1 rebounds. These numbers though were not enough to give him the Rookie of the Year honors. Despite missing the Rookie of the Year honors, he was awarded Sportsman of the Year.
Prior to the start of the 2012-13 PBA season, Casio was traded to the Alaska Aces to replace the spot of LA Tenorio, who was traded away to Ginebra. In his first conference with the team, he averaged 13.4 points, 4.3 assist, and 3.5 rebounds. He also helped capture the 2013 PBA Commissioner's Cup Finals trophy, scoring 18 points en route to their 14th title, the first in the post-Tim Cone era. He was given the Sportsmanship award for the second straight year.
The next season, he posted averages of 12.60 points, 3.53 rebounds and 3.02 assist per game, while providing steady presence at the point guard slot. However, in the first two conferences, his team was knocked out of the quarterfinal round. His team finally got over the hump in the 2014 PBA Governors' Cup, entering the semifinals against Rain or Shine.
During the Game 4 of their best of five semifinal series against the Elasto Painters, with his team leading the series 2-1, he intercepted a pass and streaked down the floor unmolested for a 1-on-0 fastbreak opportunity that could have resulted in the go-ahead basket. Instead of pushing Alaska through to the finals, he slipped on a wet spot in an unfortunate incident that not only saw him turn the ball over but also forced him to miss the deciding Game Five with an injury. As a result, Alaska lost the semifinal series.
PBA career statistics
|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 October 25, 2014
Awards and Team Achievements
- NCAA season 78 Finals MVP
- UAAP season 66 rookie of the year
- UAAP season 70 mythical selection
- UAAP season 70 Finals co-MVP
- UAAP season 71 mythical selection
- 2011 FIBA Asia Champions Cup 4th place finished (Smart Gilas)
- 2011 FIBA Asia Champions Cup participant (Smart Gilas)
- 2011 PBA Commissioner's Cup 3rd place finished (Smart Gilas Pilipinas)
- 2011 PBA Commissioner's Cup participant (Smart Gilas Pilipinas)
- 2010 Asian games participant (Smart Gilas Pilipinas)
- 2010 Asian games 6th place finished (Smart Gilas Pilipinas)
- 2010 FIBA Asia Stanković Cup participant (Smart Gilas Pilipinas)
- 2010 FIBA Asia Stanković Cup 4th place finished (Smart Gilas)
- Casio’s heroics hailed by PBA fans on Twitter, Jaemark Tordecilla, InterAKTV, November 2, 2012
|NCAA Junior's Basketball Finals Most Valuable Player
|UAAP Men's Basketball Rookie of the Year
|UAAP Men's Basketball Finals Most Valuable Player
Season 70 (2007) (with Pocholo Villanueva)
||PCCL Finals MVP