Marcio Lassiter

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Marcio Lassiter
No. 13 – San Miguel Beermen
Position Shooting guard / Small forward
League PBA
Personal information
Born (1987-05-16) May 16, 1987 (age 27)
San Francisco, California, U.S.A
Nationality American / Filipino
Listed height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Listed weight 185 lb (84 kg)
Career information
High school George Washington
(San Francisco, California)
College CC of San Francisco (2005–2007)
Cal State Fullerton (2007–2009)
PBA draft 2011 / Pick: 4th overall
Selected by the Powerade Tigers
Pro career 2011–present
Career history
2011–2012 Powerade Tigers
2012–present Petron Blaze Boosters
Career highlights and awards
  • PBA Comeback Player of the Year (2012-2013)
  • PBA All Defensive Team (2012-2013)
  • PBA All-star (2012)
  • 2011–12 PBA All-Rookie Team

Marcio Tsongo Lassiter (born May 16, 1987) is a Filipino-American professional basketball player who plays for the San Miguel Beermen of the Philippine Basketball Association. He had a stint with the Philippine national basketball team, Smart Gilas. Considered the best all-around sharpshooter in the PBA when Smart Gilas played as a guest team in the league, Lassiter plays the swingman position. He graduated and played college basketball for Cal State Fullerton.[1]

High school career[edit]

Multi-talented performer for the George Washington High Eagles and Coach Jeremy Lee in San Francisco. He is a four-year varsity letterman who earned All-Academic Athletic Association honors three times. He also was all-district as a senior as a power forward and center and all-city as a sophomore and junior as a shooting guard. As a senior averaged 20 points and 9 rebounds. He turned down an academic scholarship to University of San Francisco to continue his basketball career at the community college level.

College recruitment[edit]

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Marcio Lassiter
Small forward/Shooting guard
San Francisco, CA, U.S.A George Washington HS 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Nov 9, 2006 
Scout: N/A   Rivals:2/5 stars   247Sports: N/A

Recruitment ranking Rivals.com. Retrieved 2011-08-03.

College career[edit]

City College of San Francisco[edit]

Selected Co-Most Valuable Player of the Coast to Conference North in 2006-07 for Coach Justin Labagh and the CCSF Rams, who were ranked No. 4 in the state going into the playoffs and finished 28-6. Earned second-team Northern California all-state honors. He ranked among the Top 100 JC players in California. Averaged 14 points as a sophomore. Averaged 12 points as a freshman. Marcio led team in scoring both years. But team lost in the 2007 Regional playoffs to West Hills, 80-79. Lassiter’s junior college coach Justin Labagh at City College of San Francisco said, “Marcio brings consistency to the team - he is always ready to play, he has a basketball sense that realizes that shooting is just one part of the game, he is a complete player.”[2]

California State University Fullerton[edit]

Marcio provided an offensive spark off the bench as well as a strong defensive presence on the wing during the 2007-08 season, playing in 32 of the team's 33 games. Selected Most Improved Player by his teammates. Transferee from San Francisco City College averaged 3.3 points and 1.0 rebounds and showed the ability to score in bunches. He got a season-high 17 points in a season-high 25 minutes vs. UCR, making 5-of-9 shots, 3-of-6 from the arc. He did not miss a free throw all season, making 18 of 18. On the Labor Day Weekend tour to British Columbia he was the Titans' No. 2 scorer at 12.7 points per game and grabbed 4.0 rebounds to go with 1.5 assists.[3] During his first year at CSUF, the team won the NCAA Big West Conference title and was on their way to the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship Tournament known as the "Big Dance," just the second time with the first being 30 years prior.[4] They ended up, however losing in the first round to the much taller and bigger no. 3 seeded team of the Wisconsin Badgers.[5] Marcio's second and last year at Cal State Fullerton was also a great one. He was just 1 of 2 returning seniors. Lassiter received the Lyle Parks, Jr., Hustle Award from the Titan Athletics Club and his teammates voted him the Andrew Awad Toughness Award for inspiration, named in honor of the late former Titan player.[6] He was described by Titans coach Bob Burton as “a tremendous defender (and) a really outstanding shooter.”[7]

Professional career[edit]

He moved to the Philippines in October 2009 and was the overall #1 pick of the PBL drafted by Magnolia.[8] Because of the fall though of the PBL, Marcio was then picked up by Smart Gilas Pilipinas National Team.[9] In the 2010-2011 Commissioner's Cup, and due to the leave of absence by Barako Bull Energy Boosters in Philippine Basketball Association, Smart Gilas the team with whom he has been playing for, was the replacement of the Barako. Played 13 games, averaging 38 minutes per game (#1 in the league), 13.5 points per game (#14 in the league), 36.9% (24/65) from the 3-point line (#17 in the league), #10 in the league for most points over all (176 total) with a game high of 22, 3.08 assists per game (#16 in the league), 1.15 steals per game (#9 in the league) and 5.31 rebounds per game.[10] He was ranked #16 over all in efficiency at 30.79%.[11]

Entering the PBA draft[edit]

On July 28, 2011, Marcio Lassiter was one of the first 10 applicants for the 2011 PBA Draft.[12] At that time, there had been no announcements regarding an extension of the Smart Gilas Pilipinas National program. It was not until August 16, 2011 that an extension of the program was revealed.[13] Gilas management revealed the names of those targeted to be retained, including Lassiter.[14] Despite word that offers were set to take place that next day,[15] nothing was done to retain any of the players initially mentioned, and they were even given the "OK" to continue with the draft.[16] This was quite unfortunate for the Smart Gilas program, being that many of the players were waiting for an offer and still undecided with a chance to pullout of the draft. On August 28, 2011, Marcio Lassiter was selected 4th overall in the draft by Powerade Tigers. Smart Gilas teammate JV Casio was also chosen by the Tigers as 1st overall.

Powerade Tigers[edit]

The team finished with 6 wins and 8 losses and ranked 8th after the elimination. With Gary David averaging almost 30 points per game during the playoffs, they had managed to beat the B-Meg Llamados, the 1st seeded team in two games. The combination of JV Casio, Marcio Lassiter and Gary David also beat the Yeng Guiao-led Rain or Shine Elasto Painters in the semifinals in seven games. They enter the finals with a heavy underdog tag against the Chot Reyes-mentored Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters. The Finals have won by Talk 'N Text 4-1.

He was one of the starters for the RSJ team alongside Smart Gilas teammates JV Casio, Dylan Ababou and Chris Lutz alongside B-Meg point guard Josh Urbiztondo for this year's All-Star Game.

Powerade and Petron Five-Man Deal[edit]

On April 20, 2012, the Philippine Basketball Association approved the trade in which Powerade sent Marcio Lassiter and Celino Cruz to Petron for Rey Guevarra, Rabeh Al-Hussaini, and Lordy Tugade. However, an injury prevented him to play for the entire duration of the 2012 PBA Governors Cup. He played his first game as a Booster at the final minute of their contest against GlobalPort scoring a 3-pointer.

PBA 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 November 30, 2013[17]

Regular Season[edit]

Year Team GP MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2011-12 Powerade 38 37.2 .412 .367 .776 6.0 3.8 1.4 .5 17.1
2012-13 Petron Blaze 45 29.2 .427 .453 .733 3.5 2.0 .8 .1 12.1
2013-14 Petron Blaze 3 37.7 .425 .500 .556 4.7 2.7 .7 .3 15.3
Career 86 33.0 .419 .412 .752 4.6 2.9 1.1 .3 14.4

International career[edit]

Marcio Lassiter
Medal record
Men's basketball
Competitor for  Philippines
SEABA Championship
Gold 2011 Jakarta Team competition
Jones Cup Championship
Bronze 2011 Taipei Team competition

With Marcio playing for Smart Gilas, he is a member of the Philippines men's national basketball team that is bannered by collegiate and amateur standouts whose ultimate goal is to reach the 2012 London Olympics. He participated in the FIBA Asia Stanković Cup 2010, represented the team in the 2010 Asian Games Basketball Tournament and also made a huge impact in the most recent tournament at the 2011 FIBA Asia Champions Cup that took place in Manila.

Lassiter guarding Kobe Bryant during the Smart Ultimate All-Star Weekend

In the recent rare event due to the NBA lockout, the Smart Ultimate All-Star Weekend took place at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. Marcio scored 9 points in their game against the Smart All-Stars (Kobe Bryant, JaVale McGee, Kevin Durant, James Harden, Tyreke Evans, Derrick Williams, Derrick Rose, Chris Paul, and Derrick Fisher) while playing his well known, efficient, and commendable style of defense.

Team achievements[edit]

Personal life[edit]

Marcio was born on May 16, 1987, in San Francisco. His mother is Alexandria Eshabarr, whose father is from Ilocos Sur. He has an older brother named Jolinko. He currently lives in Manila with his long time US-born Filipina wife Jerlyn Lassiter (née Pangilinan) and their young son, Montaé Izaiyah.[18] Lassiter graduated with a Bachelor's of Science degree in Kinesiology. His family is also related to the Filipino comedian Joey Guila.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Big West Basketball". PlayerPress Sportscaster Network. Retrieved 2011-07-30. 
  2. ^ "Williams in Toroman's wish list". Philippine Star. Retrieved 2011-08-04. 
  3. ^ http://www.fullertontitans.com/sports/m-baskbl/mtt/lassiter_marcio00.html
  4. ^ http://www.fullertontitans.com/sports/m-baskbl/recaps/031608aaa.html
  5. ^ http://www.fullertontitans.com/sports/m-baskbl/recaps/032108aab.html
  6. ^ http://www.fullertontitans.com/sports/m-baskbl/spec-rel/032709aaa.html
  7. ^ http://www.philstar.com/thedeanscorner/articlescontent.aspx?articleid=536967&publicationsubcategoryid=69
  8. ^ http://www.philstar.com/sportsarticle.aspx?articleid=531159&publicationsubcategoryid=69
  9. ^ http://sports.inquirer.net/professional/professional/view/20100101-245095/Toroman-gives-PBL-draftee-Lassiter-Smart-Gilas-spot
  10. ^ http://www.pba-online.net/league-leaders/2010-2011/Commissioner's%20Cup/
  11. ^ http://www.pba-online.net/overall-player-efficiency/2010-2011/Commissioner's%20Cup/
  12. ^ http://www.pba.ph/news/entry/1070
  13. ^ http://www.philstar.com/sportsarticle.aspx?publicationsubcategoryid=200&articleid=717414&keyword=sp_pba
  14. ^ http://www.philstar.com/sportsarticle.aspx?publicationsubcategoryid=69&articleid=718350&keyword=sp_pba
  15. ^ http://sports.inquirer.net/12043/smart-gilas-players-set-to-get-offers-wednesday#_
  16. ^ http://www.journal.com.ph/index.php/sports/12067-3-gilas-big-stars-available-for-draft
  17. ^ http://www.pba-online.net/profile/Marcio-Lassiter/406/
  18. ^ http://www.philstar.com/thedeanscorner/columnscontent.aspx?articleid=616923&publicationsubcategoryid=69

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