Baser Amer

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Baser Amer
No. 9 – Meralco Bolts
Position Point guard
League PBA
Personal information
Born (1992-09-29) September 29, 1992 (age 23)
Davao City, Philippines[1]
Nationality Filipino
Listed height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Listed weight 170 lb (77 kg)
Career information
High school Holy Child College of Davao (2006–2009)
San Beda College (2009–2010)
College San Beda College (2011–2015)
PBA draft 2015 Round: 1 / Pick: 7th overall
Playing career 2015–present
Career history
2012–2014 NLEX Road Warriors (PBA D-League)
2014–2015 Hapee Fresh Fighters (PBA D-League)
2015–present Meralco Bolts
Career highlights and awards

Baser C. Amer (born September 29, 1992) is a Filipino professional basketball player who currently plays for the Meralco Bolts in the Philippine Basketball Association.

Early life[edit]

Amer was born to a Muslim family in Davao City.[2] He started playing basketball at age five, as his father wanted him to be a professional basketball player.[3] At an early age, he was trained to play basketball against his father and brother, both of whom stand between 5'8" to 5'10". He idolized Jimmy Alapag even when he was a kid.[4]

High school career[edit]

Amer played for the Holy Child College of Davao Reds from 2006 to 2009.[5] During his time in Davao City, he was initially discovered by then-national youth head coach Eric Altamirano, who at that time, put up the National Basketball Training Center (NBTC) and held open tryouts. He joined the tryouts and was ranked Top 20 out of the pool of 150 players. He was also invited to the Nike Elite Camp where he was named to the Mythical Five and MVP. Then-San Beda Red Cub coach Ato Badolato discovered him in the Nike Camp and recruited him to play and study at San Beda.[6]

He had to take a one-year residency period under NCAA rules before finally suiting up for the Red Cubs in 2009. In his rookie year, he steered the Red Cubs to their seventeenth NCAA Juniors title, their last one under coach Badolato.[7] The following year, he won the Juniors season MVP while leading the Cubs to another title in 2010.[8][9] He averaged 16.3 points, 8.5 rebounds, 11.7 assists per game in his final year with the Cubs.[10]

College career[edit]

Amer, now a highly sought-after prospect, was heavily recruited by several schools, but chose to stay at San Beda. Despite playing as backup point guard in his rookie year, he led the Lions in assists, with 4.5 per game average. He also helped the Red Lions to win another title in 2012 and was awarded the Finals MVP despite coming off the bench.[11] Upon the graduation of Anjo Caram, he took the starting point guard slot and led the Lions to two more titles in 2013 and 2014 and are in the hunt for a six-peat in 2015.[12] He ended his college career failing to secure the six-peat for San Beda.

Amateur career[edit]

Amer joined the then-D-League powerhouse NLEX Road Warriors in 2012, where he was a part of three championship teams.[13] When NLEX took the jump to the pros in 2014, he was signed by Hapee and played alongside fellow college standouts and future draft batchmates Chris Newsome, Troy Rosario, Earl Scottie Thompson and Garvo Lanete.[14]

Professional career[edit]

Amer was picked seventh overall by the Meralco Bolts of the Philippine Basketball Association in the 2015 PBA draft.[15] On October 30, 2015, it was announced by his agent, Charlie Dy via his Instagram account that Amer already signed his rookie deal with Meralco.[16] In his PBA debut on November 4, 2015, went scoreless after missing all his four shots, adding just one assist and one board against two turnovers in 14 minutes of action.[17] In his third game with the Bolts, he was thrust into the starting lineup, scoring 9 points (on 57% FG shooting), 3 rebounds, 6 assists in 30:55 minutes of action, in a losing effort against Barako Bull on November 15, 2015.

International career[edit]

Amer was part of the 12-man Sinag Pilipinas lineup that competed in the 2015 Southeast Asian Games basketball tournament held in Singapore, where they won the gold medal.[18][19][20]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Facts and figures about the 2015 PBA Rookie draft applicants sports5.ph, August 10, 2014. Retrieved August 23, 2015
  2. ^ Saldajeno, Ivan (May 22, 2015). "Bedans, Davaoenos proud to Amer for making SEA Games team". Dugout.ph. Retrieved August 25, 2015. 
  3. ^ "DRAFT PROFILE: BASER AMER". Sports5.ph. Sports5. Retrieved August 25, 2015. 
  4. ^ Leongson, Randolph B. (August 25, 2015). "To have Alapag as mentor a 'dream come true' for Amer". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved August 25, 2015. 
  5. ^ Saberon-Ablayan, Marianne (August 25, 2015). "Baser Amer picked by Meralco Bolts". Sun.Star Davao. Retrieved August 25, 2015. 
  6. ^ Olivares, Rick (February 16, 2012). "Reminiscing with San Beda's Baser Amer and Xavier U coach Arvin Martinez". Bleacher's Brew. Retrieved August 25, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Amer-led Red Cubs seek NCAA dynasty under new coach". GMA News and Public Affairs. November 1, 2009. Retrieved August 25, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Baser Amer Helps San Beda Red Cubs To Win The NCAA Season 86 Finals Championship". BallersPinas. October 16, 2010. Retrieved August 25, 2015. 
  9. ^ Olivares, Rick (October 17, 2010). "San Beda looks to continue their title run". Bleacher's Brew. Retrieved 25 August 2015. 
  10. ^ Domingo, Mia (March 23, 2013). "Baser Amer roars from Davao to Manila". Rappler. Retrieved August 25, 2015. 
  11. ^ "Lion King: San Beda star Baser Amer named NCAA finals MVP". InterAKTV. October 26, 2012. Retrieved August 25, 2015. 
  12. ^ Ganglani, Naveen (June 27, 2015). "San Beda Red Lions open 6-peat bid by beating Mapua". Rappler. Retrieved August 25, 2015. 
  13. ^ Domingo, Mia Rengie Angela (October 22, 2012). "NLEX rebuilds with powerhouse D-League lineup; Big Chill, Fruitas among favorites". InterAKTV. Retrieved August 25, 2015. 
  14. ^ Terrado, Reuben (October 9, 2014). "Hapee Toothpaste set to add NU's Troy Rosario to powerhouse D-League lineup". Spin.ph. Retrieved August 24, 2015. 
  15. ^ "Moala Tautuaa goes first overall in 2015 PBA Draft". Rappler. August 23, 2015. Retrieved August 23, 2015. 
  16. ^ "Charlie on Instagram: "Congrats BASER @baseramer07 #OrangeMen @meralcoboltsbasketball @meralcoboltsofficial #BansangMeralco #PBASeason41 #Rookie"". Retrieved October 30, 2015. 
  17. ^ Sacamos, Karlo (November 5, 2015). "Black still sees Baser Amer as Meralco's point guard of the future despite inauspicious debut". Spin.ph. Retrieved November 5, 2015. 
  18. ^ "Douthit, Ravena banner Sinag Pilipinas 12-man lineup". CNN Philippines. April 13, 2015. Retrieved August 25, 2015. 
  19. ^ Fuentebella, Josef (June 21, 2015). "Gilas Cadets win gold in SEA Games Basketball Tournament". The La Sallian. Retrieved August 25, 2015. 
  20. ^ "Amer, Rivero replace Parks, Van Opstal in SEAG-bound Gilas Cadets roster". CNN Philippines. May 20, 2015. Retrieved August 25, 2015. 
Preceded by
San Beda's school colors Dave Marcelo
NCAA Men's Basketball Finals Most Valuable Player
2012
Succeeded by
San Beda's school colors Art Dela Cruz