Japeth Aguilar

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Japeth Aguilar
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Aguilar during play in Ginebra
No. 25 – Barangay Ginebra San Miguel
Position Forward / Center
League PBA
Personal information
Born (1987-01-25) January 25, 1987 (age 27)
Sasmuan, Pampanga, Philippines
Nationality Filipino
Listed height 6 ft 10 in (208 cm)
Listed weight 225 lb (102 kg)
Career information
High school Mapua Red Robins
College Ateneo de Manila University (2003–2005)
Western Kentucky (2007–2009)
NBA draft 2012 / Round: 7 / Pick: 102nd overall (13th in the round)
Selected by the Santa Cruz Warriors
PBA draft 2009 Round: 1 / Pick: 1st overall
Selected by the Burger King Whoopers
Career history
2009 Burger King Whoppers
2011–2012 Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters
2012 GlobalPort Batang Pier
2013–present Barangay Ginebra San Miguel

Japeth Paul C. Aguilar (born January 25, 1987) is a Filipino professional basketball player. He is currently playing for the Barangay Ginebra San Miguel in the Philippine Basketball Association. He also played for GlobalPort Batang Pier and the Talk N Text Tropang Texters in the Philippine Basketball Association. He first played collegiately for the Ateneo Blue Eagles in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines, but after two seasons, he moved to the Western Kentucky University Hilltoppers in the Division I of the National Collegiate Athletic Association in the United States.

Aguilar's father, Peter Aguilar, was a former professional basketball player in the Philippine Basketball Association.

UAAP career[edit]

Japeth Aguilar suited up as a college freshman for the Ateneo de Manila University Blue Eagles in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines in 2004. However, his first season stint was cut short due to appendicitis, but still managed to score 13 points, grab 11 rebounds and block 10 shots in 55 minutes of action in 10 games.[1]

On his sophomore year, he bounced back from a disappointing first season as he averaged 5.7 points, 9.3 rebounds and 3.2 blocked shots per contest to help lead the Blue Eagles to an 10–4 finish in 2005. He scored in double digits on three occasions, while he just missed a double-double twice after posting nine points and a career-best 10 boards in Ateneo’s season opener as well as 10 points and eight rebounds later in the year in a win over Far Eastern University. Aguilar shot a high 55.4 percent from the field for the season, and he was credited with multiple blocks in 12 of the Blue Eagles’ 16 games — that included a career high of seven as well as two other contest with five or more. He led the University Athletic Association of the Philippines in rejections during his sophomore season, with a total of 48 blocks in 16 games.[2]

NCAA Division I Career[edit]

Japeth Aguilar later transferred to Western Kentucky University, where he saw action with the Hilltoppers mostly as a reserve. He entered the NCAA as a junior in 2007. During the season he posted eight points, eight rebounds, four blocked shots, three assists and two steals in just 32 minutes of action in the Hilltopper’s first two contests. He recorded four points, three rebounds, two assists and two steals in his collegiate debut against Kennesaw State on November 9, 2007. He then collected two points, five rebounds and a game-best three blocks on November 13 against Kentucky Wesleyan. He was injured in practice after the victory over Kentucky Wesleyan and missed the rest of the year.

Return to the Philippines[edit]

Powerade Team Pilipinas[edit]

After his stint with the Hilltoppers and NBA tryouts, Aguilar returned to the Philippines without much fanfare mostly due to his poor performance in the United States. Nonetheless, he decided to suit up for the Yeng Guiao-coached Powerade Team Pilipinas that participated in the 2009 Fiba Asia Championship for Men held in Tianjin, China. He was sparingly used by Guiao in that tournament.[3] Nevertheless, the apparent lack of skill in the upcoming draft along with the hype that accompanied him during his tenure in the United States, projected him to be the first pick overall in the 2009 PBA Draft.

PBA and Smart Gilas[edit]

Aguilar with Smart Gilas

As expected, the Burger King Whoppers nabbed Aguilar as its overall No.1 draft pick in the 2009 PBA Draft; however days after the draft, he boldly declared that he would join the Smart Gilas Pilipinas developmental basketball program coached by Serbian Rajko Toroman, a move which caused controversy within the PBA and angst especially by the team that drafted him. PBA Governor Lito Alvarez, even went to the extent of banning Aguilar from the league for his refusal to sign with the Whoppers.[4]

An amicable settlement was reached on October 9, 2009, two days before the 35th PBA season. With SBP president Manny Pangilinan and executive director Noli Eala intervening and at Alvarez's behest, Aguilar signed the one-year contract with the Whoppers, which included him playing for a few games with them then he would be traded to Talk N Text Tropang Texters (Pangilinan's PBA team) which would then release him to Smart Gilas as he wanted.[5] Alvarez even said that before Aguilar signed their contract, the former already has had the latter's No.18 uniform with the Whoppers made.

Aguilar played his only professional game with the Whoppers against the Purefoods Tender Juicy Giants in the PBA season opener, which ended in a 93–80 loss to the Giants.[6] Immediately after, Aguilar got his wish as the Whoppers traded him to the Tropang Texters in exchange for future draft picks, indirectly through Barako Bull Energy Boosters which acted as the conduit team.[7] As expected, TNT loaned him to Smart Gilas where he will stay there until after the 2012 London Olympics Asian Qualifier as per his Gilas contract.

Pursuing the NBA Dream[edit]

On September 12, 2012, Aguilar was evaluated by two NBA scouts in California, one of which is said to be from the San Antonio Spurs. According to sources not authorized to speak, Aguilar was tasked to do workout sessions that consists of basic game-simulation NBA drills.

Days before the evaluation, Aguilar attended some open workouts, including the ones hosted by the Bakersfield Jam of the NBA Developmental League. Aguilar's team lost but he had managed to put up great statistics, ending up with 10 points after making five of the nine shots he attempted, including three electrifying dunks. He topped his effort by adding five massive blocks, four rebounds and an assist. After the workout with Bakersfield Jam, Aguilar is said to have made it to the top 20 among 80 players who have attended the open workout.[8]

Late September 2012, Aguilar has been invited to a two-day workout for another NBA team in the Eastern Conference. He is said to have worked out with the New Orleans Hornets. After the workout, New Orleans Hornets scout Don Sellers liked Aguilar's athleticism, agility and potential, but believes Aguilar is not yet ready for the NBA.[9][10][11][12]

Early October 2012, Aguilar worked out with the NBA D-League Team Santa Cruz Warriors.The Warriors said they would draft him if he is still available when their turn comes in the draft.[13]

It is believed that Aguilar is the first player born and raised in the Philippines to ever receive an invitation to work out with an NBA team.[14]

2012 NBA D-League Draft[edit]

He is drafted 13th on the Round 7 of the NBA D-League Draft of 2012. Overall he is drafted 102nd.

But, unfortunately, he was waived by the Warriors, months ago.

Santa Cruz Warriors[edit]

On November 2, Japeth Aguilar’s pursuit of his NBA dream got closer to reality after he became the first ever Filipino to be drafted in the NBA Developmental League. Santa Cruz Warriors, the D-League affiliate of the Golden State Warriors in the NBA, selected Aguilar as the thirteenth pick in the seventh round, selected as 109th overall out of 139 players. Aguilar, who attended a series of workouts with several NBA teams before joining the NBA D-League draft, was described as a “work in progress” by the New Orleans Hornets talent scout Don Sellers.

After surviving two cuts, Santa Cruz Warriors waived Aguillar on November 22.

On December 5, Japeth Aguilar signs a Practice Player Contract with Santa Cruz Warriors, Japeth Aguilar has not given up on his attempt to make it into the NBA. After being the last man cut from the NBA D-League team, the Santa Cruz Warriors, he was offered a spot on the practice line-up which he has now put a signature on. Aguilar now hopes that he can slowly make his way onto the active line-up and then make some heads turn to maybe make an NBA team.[15][16]

Return to PBA[edit]

After a failed attempt to play in NBA, he requested a trade from the Talk N Text Tropang Texters. He was then traded to GlobalPort Batang Pier for Rabeh Al-Hussaini. In June 11, 2013, GlobalPort was part of a 4-team trade and Aguilar was sent to Ginebra.

Barangay Ginebra San Miguel (2013-present)[edit]

Aguilar was paired with Greg Slaughter and they were dubbed the "Twin Towers". He is able to show his athleticism and jumping ability by routinely making a dunk almost every game and swatting shots.

In his first game for the Kings, Aguilar tallied 18 points, 8 rebounds and 5 blocks against San Mig Super Coffee Mixers. He tallied his first double-double the next game against the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters by logging 19 points and 10 rebounds.

In a December 8, 2013 game against Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters, Aguilar knocked down a 3-point shot to give the Kings a 97-95 lead with 1.1 seconds remaining. In the subsequent play, he blocked the game tying field goal attempt by Ranidel de Ocampo to secure the victory. He finished the game with 21 point, 12 rebounds and 7 blocks in 38 minutes.

In December 28, 2013 against the Meralco Bolts, he knocked down the game winning 3 point shot at the buzzer to attain an 83-82 victory. He finished the game with 15 points and 11 rebounds.

With his newfound confidence, he now leads the team in scoring, and is one of the leading candidates for Best Player of the Conference trohy in the 2013-14 PBA Philippine Cup, trailing statistical points leader June Mar Fajardo.[17]

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

PBA Season Statistics[edit]

Correct as of January 15, 2014[18]

Year Team GP MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2009–10 Burger King 1 24.0 .333 .000 .600 9.0 2.0 0 1 10.0
2011–12 Talk'N Text 52 15.4 .506 .125 .664 4.12 0.5 0.27 1.35 6.58
2012–13 Global Port 14 28.07 .406 .267 .679 6.71 1.29 0.5 1.86 10.57
2013–14 Barangay Ginebra San Miguel 12 39.00 .531 .308 .658 9.33 1.75 0.42 3.92 16.48
Career 83 21.06 .461 .243 .660 5.39 0.83 0.31 1.81 9.17

Smart Gilas Statistics[edit]

[19][20]

Year Team GP MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2009 FIBA Asia Championship Philippines 6 13.5 .526 0 .667 3.5 0.5 0.16 0.16 4.3
William Jones Cup 2011 Philippines 9 21.52 .5455 0 .6471 4 1.11 0.44 1.89 6.56
2011 FIBA Asia Championship Philippines 5 8.2 .565 0 .7 3.2 0 0.4 0.2 6.6
2013 FIBA Asia Championship Philippines 9 15.0 .541 0 .75 3.9 0.1 0.1 0.9 5.8

NCAA Statistics[edit]

[21]

Year Team GP MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2007–2008 Western Kentucky 3 13.3 .4 0 0.8 3.3 1 1 1.3 2.7
2008–2009 Western Kentucky 14 5.1 .563 0 0.6 0.9 0 0.1 0.4 1.5

References[edit]

  1. ^ UBelt.com > UAAP Men's Basketball 2004[dead link]
  2. ^ UBelt.com > UAAP Men's Basketball 2005[dead link]
  3. ^ JAPETH RARIN’ TO JOIN POWERADE-RP[dead link]
  4. ^ Aguilar faces ‘life-time’ ban in PBA. Mb.com.ph (2009-08-28). Retrieved on 2013-01-21.
  5. ^ Aguilar decides to join Burger King. Manilatimes.net (2011-08-04). Retrieved on 2013-01-21.
  6. ^ Purefoods rout Burger King. Mb.com.ph (2009-10-12). Retrieved on 2013-01-21.
  7. ^ Burger King to trade Aguilar. Mb.com.ph (2009-10-12). Retrieved on 2013-01-21.
  8. ^ [1][dead link]
  9. ^ Hornets Work Out Japeth Aguilar | HOOPSWORLD | Basketball News & NBA Rumors. Hoopsworld (2012-09-23). Retrieved on 2013-01-21.
  10. ^ Villar, Joey. (2012-09-21) Japeth gets invite to Eastern camp. ABS-CBN News. Retrieved on 2013-01-21.
  11. ^ Two more NBA teams interested in Aguilar. Asianjournal.com (2012-09-21). Retrieved on 2013-01-21.
  12. ^ Aguilar a 'work in progress,' says NBA scout. ABS-CBN News (2012-09-24). Retrieved on 2013-01-21.
  13. ^ Ventura, Sid. (2011-03-22) NBA D-League team keen on drafting Japeth – Yahoo! Sports Philippines. Ph.sports.yahoo.com. Retrieved on 2013-01-21.
  14. ^ Two NBA scouts evaluate Aguilar. ABS-CBN News (2012-09-13). Retrieved on 2013-01-21.
  15. ^ Japeth Aguilar ends NBA dream. Rappler.com (2012-11-22). Retrieved on 2013-01-21.
  16. ^ Japeth Aguilar waived by NBA D-League team Santa Cruz Warriors | InterAKTV. Interaksyon.com (2012-11-22). Retrieved on 2013-01-21.
  17. ^ http://www.spin.ph/sports/basketball/news/fajardo-holds-off-aguilar-to-keep-lead-in-best-player-of-conference-stats-race
  18. ^ Japeth Aguilar Player Profile. PBA-Online! Retrieved on 2013-01-21.
  19. ^ Japeth Aguilar's profile | 2009 FIBA Asia Championship for Men. Archive.Fiba.Com. Retrieved on 2013-01-21.
  20. ^ 威廉瓊斯盃國際籃球邀請賽. Wjc.basketball-tpe.org. Retrieved on 2013-01-21.
  21. ^ Japeth Aguilar Stats, Bio – ESPN. Espn.go.com. Retrieved on 2013-01-21.

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