Joseph Yeo

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Joseph Yeo
No. 18 – Barangay Ginebra San Miguel
Position Shooting guard
League PBA
Personal information
Born (1983-09-07) September 7, 1983 (age 30)
Manila, Philippines
Nationality Filipino-Chinese
Listed height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Listed weight 175 lb (79 kg)
Career information
High school Xavier School
College De La Salle University
PBA draft 2006 / Pick: 3rd overall
Selected by the Coca-Cola Tigers
Pro career 2006–present
Career history
2006–2007 Coca-Cola Tigers
2007–2010 Sta. Lucia Realtors
2010–2013 San Miguel Beermen / Petron Blaze Boosters
2013–2014 Air21 Express
2014-present Barangay Ginebra San Miguel
Career highlights and awards
  • 2x UAAP Champion (2001, 2004)
  • PBL Champion (2005)
  • PBL Unity Cup Finals MVP (2005)
  • UAAP Mythical Five (2005)
  • PBA All-Star (2007)

Joseph Henry L. Yeo (born September 7, 1983 in Manila, Philippines) is a Chinese-Filipino professional basketball player in the Philippine Basketball Association who currently plays for the Barangay Ginebra San Miguel. He was drafted third overall by the Coca-Cola Tigers in 2006.[1]

Amateur career[edit]

Yeo took his primary and secondary education at Xavier School and his collegiate education at De La Salle University. He was a part of the Green Archers team who completed their quest for four-peat by defeating Ateneo in the 2001 UAAP Finals.[2] From a UAAP rookie year in 2001 where he averaged of 3.4 points, 1.5 rebounds, 1.5 rebounds, and 9.5 minutes per game, he improved this to an average statline of 11.3 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.4 assists, and 23.3 minutes in the 2004 Season.

In the Philippine Basketball League (PBL), he led his team, Harbour Centre Batang Pier, to its first PBL crown alongside ex-Ateneo star LA Tenorio by winning the 2006 Unity Cup Finals against Toyota Otis.[3]

Professional career[edit]

Yeo, nicknamed The Ninja, was drafted by the defunct Coca-Cola Tigers as third overall pick in 2006, just behind Kelly Williams and Arwind Santos. As a rookie, he played limited minutes as a reliever to Tiger’s main-man John Arigo. Despite the limited playing time, he still managed to average 10 ppg, 4.6 rpg and 1.2 apg in 26 minutes per contest halfway into the elimination round of the 2006-07 PBA Philippine Cup. However, this did not stop critics from calling him a bust and attribute this to his lacking in size to play the two-spot.

In 2007, he was traded, along with a future draft pick, to Sta. Lucia for former FEU forwards Mark Isip and Cesar Catli.[4] As a Realtor, he effectively played his off-the-bench role, winding up as the team’s second-best scorer behind Kelly Williams with a 13.5-point average,[5] and became a vital cog of the team that won the 2007-08 PBA Philippine Cup.

In 2010, he was dealt to San Miguel for Bonbon Custodio.[6] While playing for the Beermen, he spent most of his time on the bench and in the injured list, and was not able to play for the team who won the 2011 PBA Governors Cup Championship.[7]

Seeking for a fresh start, he was shipped to Air21 Express in a one-on-one swap with Mark Isip.[8] He has since reunited with his college coach Franz Pumaren and college teammate Mark Cardona.[9] During the 2013-14 PBA Philippine Cup, he switched his role from shooting guard to point guard during the absence of Simon Atkins.[10] He has since switched back to his natural two-guard position once Simon Atkins returned from injury and after the team acquired a true point guard in Jonas Villanueva. Also known for his "larong mayaman" saying against his former team

Personal life[edit]

He married Angela Medalla on May 27, 2008,[11] and their baby named Mariana Zaria M. Yeo was born on September 3, 2008 and on January 2012, another baby girl, named Helena, was born.[12]

Feud with Enrico Villanueva[edit]

Yeo was notable for his on and off-court feud with college rival, former King Eagle and now teammate Enrico Villanueva. During the PBA-sanctioned Ateneo-La Salle Dream Games in December 2005, he elbowed Villanueva at the forehead as the latter was getting the ball rebounds.[13] In 2006, another incident happened pitting the two rivals was after the game between his team Coca-Cola and Villanueva's Red Bull, when they engaged in a parking lot brawl. They were both summoned by then PBA Commissioner Noli Eala. Yeo has since apologized to Villanueva.[14]

When Villanueva was recently traded to Air21 in March 2014, he clarified that their old quarrel has long been a thing of the past.[15]

Career statistics[edit]

Season-by-Season Averages[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

Updated as of March 17, 2014[16]

Year Team GP MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2006–07 Coca Cola 32 16.4 .289 .208 .575 2.53 0.94 .66 .06 7.44
2007–08 Sta. Lucia 52 22.29 .373 .375 .703 3.04 2.54 .54 .08 10.54
2008–09 Sta. Lucia 44 26.64 .392 .287 .742 3.61 2.20 .89 .16 13.48
2009–10 Sta. Lucia/San Miguel 50 20.60 .351 .305 .688 2.40 2.18 .38 .12 8.60
2010–11 San Miguel 40 15.28 .346 .318 .816 1.80 1.30 .30 .00 5.17
2011–12 Petron Blaze 46 25.98 .379 .313 .667 3.41 2.87 .43 .02 8.78
2012–13 Petron Blaze 30 20.73 .387 .333 .487 2.17 2.17 .30 .00 6.40
2013–14 Air21 18 31.83 .399 .358 .721 5.17 5.67 .5 .06 14.39
Career 312 22.08 .366 .313 .690 2.90 2.30 .5 .07 9.20

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