Japeth Aguilar misses Hornets’ camp


MANILA, Philippines—Chances of an NBA breakthrough for 6-foot-9 Japeth Aguilar now look dim.

Aguilar, who tried his luck in a two-day, six-hour workout with New Orleans in Los Angeles last week, didn’t make the Hornets’ initial list tapped to go through a month-long camp along with established NBA players.

The 2012-2013 NBA season opens shop on Oct. 30 and there’s little hope that the former Western Kentucky Hilltopper and Ateneo Blue Eagle may be inserted in the Hornets’ 14-man roster that will play in eight pre-season games.

The Hornets are scheduled to meet the Orlando Magic on Oct. 7 in Mexico City, sandwiched by a pair of home games against the Houston Rockets (Oct. 4) and Charlotte Bobcats (Oct. 9).

Don Sellers, the Hornets’ advance scout, said Aguilar was a work in progress after seeing him in the private workout but pointed out that the game of the high-leaping forward of Talk ‘N Text should be more “westernized,’’ meaning he should come out with more fire and hustle on the floor.

The Hornets left Aguilar out of the training camp lineup after enlisting Darius Miller, Brian Roberts and Lance Thomas.

According to, Miller, a 6-foot-8 forward and a reliever of Hornets’ top draft pick Anthony Davis in Kentucky, is a strong choice at Aguilar’s position.

The 6-8 Thomas came from Duke University and played for the USA Select Team during the summer while Roberts is a 6-1 guard from three-time champion Bamberg in the German League.

Sellers noted Aguilar’s agility and athleticism in last week’s workout, but said he “isn’t ready for the big show yet.”

Aguilar, the PBA’s top draft pick in 2009, also had workouts with the San Antonio Spurs and NBA Developmental League team Bakersfield Jam, an affiliate of the Atlanta Hawks, Toronto Raptors, Los Angeles and Phoenix Suns.

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  • wazgoingon

    Japeth is over rated.  He simply does not have the necessarily skills to make it to the NBA.  I wonder why he thinks he can make it in the NBA when he was not even a dominant force in the PBA.

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  • joel

    Most of those NBA players also played football in high school that’s why they’re so strong and athletic. (Lebron James used to play wide receiver in high school to name one). For this kids, playing basketball is so easy because its only a fraction of a size of a football field.

  • Louieboy242000

    why can’t he just develop his skills crafting his inside and outside game. Di rin naman sya magaling sa one onI one kase nbabantayan lang din sya ng 6’4 na playing Small Guard sa taas ng key, mabagal yung first step nya at wala din naman masyadong crossover. If he plays inside game naman he doesn’t have the timing like Santos or Pingris na parehas lang ang built ng katawan instead he tries to box out ang malalaking katawan resulting to di rin sya makakakuha ng bola. Now the problem with him is the basketball IQ and instinct to play in the game. Yes he can dunk the ball but his timing is off and mostly lost sa position na gusto nyang laruin. Now he want’s to camp with Hornet’s I mean si Bowles nga di nakuha na import natin I mean if he wants to progress ayusin nya muna dito hinde yung dahil hinde nabigyan ng chance to shine here sa Philippine basketball it was proven kahit si Toroman narecognize yun kung baket hinde sya nabigyan ng playing time because most of the position he is playing puro hilaw. Sayang kase wala yung pinakaexpertise nya lahat half baked skills resulting to poor performance. Masasayang yung Oras Nya kapag ng pa project player nanaman sya sa US mawawala yung chance nya

  • Lito G

    NBA is the top ball league. At least he gave it a shot. Kung may determination talaga eh just keep practice practice practice and more practice. Japeth has the height… skills still lacking but if he has the commitment and determination eh darating din sya sa level na gusto nya marating. Wag nang pansinin yung mga nagsasabi na ang basketball hinde para sa pinoy. Mga hinde kasi marunong maglaro kaya puro ganun sinasabi… sige magsabong at mag chess na lang kayo!

    • Louieboy242000

      he is getting old na po i think 25 na sya sana na hone na yan noong 22 pa lang sya at nasa NBA and commit himself to learn pa po. Of course NBA will be looking for fresh legs na galing sa 1st division NCAA sa US at mas bata pa. He needs to face the reality instead of looking for opportunity dun sa NBA maging realistic po sana sa Japeth and hone his skills sa basketball kase wala syang strongest na mahirap talaga sya bantayan.Kung baga yung signature moves na money in the bank ang dating. Both NBA and PBA players meron nun, bread and butter moves na dun sya binabayaran at consistently nagbibigay ng result. Yun lang naman ang kulang eh wala syang identity as a player malamang character na yan   

  • jesussaints

    Saying that Japeth Aguilar can make it to the NBA is like saying that Piolo Pascual can make it in Hollywood. In short, imposible mangyari ito. Kung sa PBA nga walang binatbat e sa NBA pa?! Common sense…

    • Lito G

      common sense… nothing is impossible… eh ikaw may binatbat ba?

      • soccerg0d

        hindi naman si jesussaints yung nagtryout eh.. bobo pala tong lito na to

      • Lito G

        alternick ka ba ni jesussaints? ikaw ang bobo at napaka bobo… puro kayo dakdak eh kayo ang walang binatbat. kaya kundi ba naman kayo mga tanga at bobo dapat hinde na kayo pumuputak at namimintas sa taong mas may binatbat naman kesa sa inyo mga ungas

      • Louieboy242000

        criticism lang naman po at maging realistic at check your skills kung may chance o wala. Let’s say a good indicator is that he can dominate PBA 25 Points per game 10 Rebounds and you can score more if you want to. that means kaya mo rin sa labas at itaas mo na yung level mo which is trying out sa NBA. Ngayon kase di ko nakikita na pwede si Japeth sa NBA eh

      • soccerg0d

        Louieboy, hindi gets ni lito yan.. BOBO yan ehh… namintang pa ng alternick! hahahaha kakatawa!!

      • Panhik Panaog

        How is that common sense?  You are just throwing out words there.  Such a waste of bandwidth.

        Eto common sense.  He averaged 6.6 ppg and 4.1 rpg.  Hardly making an impact in PGA.  How do you expect him to make the NBA?  

        Is it possible?  Yes, but highly improbable.

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