Another Fil-Am targets NBA D-League slot

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MANILA, Philippines — Another Filipino is aiming to make history in the NBA Developmental League.

Filipino-American Avery Scharer, a 6-foot-2 point guard out of Shoreline Community College in Washington, has applied for the NBA D-League Draft set on Saturday (7 a.m., Manila time) along with former Talk ‘N Text and Smart Gilas forward Japeth Aguilar.

If he fails to make it, the 185-pound Scharer said he would next try his luck in the Philippine Basketball Association or the Asean Basketball League, according to the Asian Journal, a Filipino community daily based in the United States.

“Other than going to the NBA, the PBA would be a dream,” said Scharer, whose mother hails from Bauang, La Union. “I’d like to go back and play in the motherland. I think I could do so much there. I’m a winner, I got the heart and drive to win. I just want to go out there and win. I would love that opportunity.”

Scharer, 24, flaunted his skills during an open tryout facilitated by D-League ballclub Iowa Energy over the weekend.

The 6-foot-9 Aguilar, who is also aiming to become the first Filipino to be drafted in the NBA D-League, wasn’t able to show his stuff in front of the Energy coaching staff after suffering a hamstring injury.

Third in assists in the previous US collegiate season, Scharer applied in the recent NBA Draft but didn’t get through.

The NBA D-League Draft will take place via teleconference from the league’s New York headquarters.

Aguilar had earlier attended workouts in NBA and NBA D-League teams.

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  • bugoybanggers

    Bakit masyado kayong excited kung may FIL-AMS, akala ninyo makakatulong sa PILIPINAS. Ano ngayon, kung tapat siya sa PINAS, dito siya manirahan!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/HCF5XZVYXTJB2W7PFFGRP4V2Z4 Rolly

    NO pictures of this dude Avery?  It shouldn’t be hard to obtain one.  I’m sure there’s a good number of Pinoys around Shoreline Comm College who own cameras.  Third in assists? In his school? or his school’s league? Clarify this one please. 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/QBSWMXBLMEZLD24MNH53WLX6IY Kawa

    So what kung may fil-am na nakasali sa nba? Mawawala ba ang mga kawatan sa gobyerno? Ang baha? Shabu? Di na ba magugutom si juan? Dadami ba ang mga doctor? Ang traffic? Ang dumi sa?

  • Paul Obiso

    KUNG MAKUHA KA SA D LEAGUE hindi ibig sabihin na makalaro na sa nba malayo pa yan,, yong iba na draft sa nba pero walang kontrata..ang d leaguers ay nba rejets kaya kailangang magpakiyang gilas upang ma all up sa nba..yan kung may injury sa regular players

  • Multo_sa_paningin

    poor japhet, bakit kasi hindi nag focus sa PBA..hindi nga nakuha yung Denzel Bowles, siya pa kaya. mag concentrate nalang sya sa pinas, magpakatapang at magpalakas pwede niya ipakita sa Smart gilas kung gusto niya ng International Exposure pero Paanu yan, may sama ng loob c chot reyes sa kanya?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001641451819 Wilfredo Andaluz

      Hindi naman siguro masamang mangarap na makapaglaro sa NBA at yon ang pinapangarap ni Japhet. Malay mo sa pag-try niya ay makuha siya siempre karangalan din yan sa Pilipinas na may naglalarong Pilipino sa NBA. At hindi lang laging boxing tayo nakikilala. Mas mabuti ng mag-try kaysa sa hindi mag-try at least matatanggap mo na kung ano ang naging resulta dahil nag-try ka naman.

    • maGGot_SOUP

      Better Read the news Boy!

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/UHZNUPKZECGWQ6FBQHTG4BLKT4 Indolent

      poor, ingit ka  kasi di mo kaya mag nba. poorest ka .. hahahhahahaha

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