Vince Hizon

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Vicente Paul Martin Hizon
No. 12, 25
Shooting guard
Personal information
Born (1970-11-25) November 25, 1970 (age 43)
Orange County, California
Nationality Filipino
Listed height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Listed weight 180 lb (82 kg)
Career information
High school Mater Dei (Santa Ana, California)
College Cypress College (1988–1990)
Boise State (1990–1991)
Biola (1991–1992)
Ateneo de Manila University
PBA draft 1994 / Pick: 8th overall
Selected by the Purefoods Tender Juicy Giants
Pro career 1994–2004
Career history
Ginebra San Miguel
Red Bull Energy Boosters
Career highlights and awards
  • PBA Mythical first team (1997)

Vicente Paul Hizon (born November 25, 1970) is an American-born retired Filipino professional basketball player.

Biography[edit]

Vince Hizon was born 25 November 1970 to José Palma-Gil Hizon and Harriet M. Bowie in Orange County, California. The Hizon-Palma Gil family has roots in Davao Oriental province and Davao City in the Philippines. He grew up in Stanton, California and attended Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, California. Showing promise as a basketball player in high school, he went on to play basketball at Cypress College in Cypress, California (1988–1990) before earning a basketball scholarship to Boise State University (1991) and later Biola University (1992),[1] before ending his college basketball career as star player with the Ateneo Blue Eagles during his UAAP years 1993-94.

Playing sparingly as a rookie in his one year for Purefoods in 1994, he asked and was traded to Ginebra San Miguel for Nonoy Chuatico and a first round draft pick. Playing for then-playing coach Robert Jaworski's never-say-die system, Hizon flourished and became the most popular player in the league as well as the most popular sports figure in the Philippines at the time, according to the A.C. Nielsen Asian Rim Survey in 1998.

Hizon spent most of his 11 year pro career for the Ginebra (also known as Gordon's Gin or Ginebra Na!) franchise in the Philippine Basketball Association. He won 1 PBL title, 4 PBA titles, one SouthEast Asian Games gold medal and 1 USBL championship throughout the course of his stellar career. He was even named as part of the PBA's Mythical 5 selection in 1997. Hizon was known for his clutch three point shooting and his slashing drives to the basket. He is also popularly known as "The Prince" in Philippine Basketball Association.

Having accomplished so much on the court, while also playing for the Philippine National Team competing internationally, he was enticed to create a sports show for the ABS-CBN television network. This show was shown worldwide through the Filipino Channel. Hizon was also a much sought after commercial personality doing numerous advertisements in television and print. Since then he has also had a show on MTV Philippines known as MTV bolahan.

When Robert Jaworski (along with his son, Robert "Dodot" Jaworski) retired in 1999 from the Ginebra team, Hizon bolted the PBA with the enticing offer of the Iloilo MegaVoltz in the Metropolitan Basketball Association. At the time, the contract turned out to be the biggest contract in Philippine basketball history. Unhappy with the direction of the league, Hizon decided to re-join the PBA as a member of the Red Bull Barakos in 2002 and played for two years.[2] In 2004, he joined the Pennsylvania Valleydawgs in the United States Basketball League and will forever be in the history books as the first Filipino player to play professionally in the United States. His team, coached by the popular Darryl Dawkins, known as 'Chocolate Thunder' in the National Basketball Association, won the USBL crown that year.[3]

He is married to sports broadcaster (the first female anchor of the PBA) and writer Patricia Bermudez-Hizon to whom he proposed on air Araneta Coliseum during halftime of a game in June 2003.[4] That unique and memorable proposal was a first in PBA and Araneta Coliseum history and was witnessed by thousands of spectators and millions of television viewers. They have two boys together.

Since retirement from basketball with the 2006 disbanding of the Valleydawgs, Hizon has shifted into a new venture, his Par Excellence Consultancy Firm and involvement with numerous environmental projects throughout the Philippines.[5]

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