Aguilar’s NBA bid stalled, fails to make D-League

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JAPETH Aguilar. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines – Japeth Aguilar’s bid to become the first Filipino to play in the NBA hit a roadblock Thursday after the forward failed to make the final lineup of the Santa Cruz Warriors in the NBA D-League, according to nba.com/dleague.

Aguilar was drafted in the 7th round (109th overall) by the Santa Cruz Warriors, the D-League affiliate of the Golden State Warriors, but unfortunately, was the last player to get waived, according to the website.

The 25-year-old Aguilar’s first step towards his NBA journey came when he transferred from Ateneo to Western Kentucky University Hilltoppers to play college basketball.

Aguilar, whose father Peter was a former PBA player, became the first Philippine-born player to play in the US NCAA Division I league.

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  • DennisApolinario

    I don’t think a big man from the Philippines will make it to the NBA, at least not in the near future. There are so many talented, versatile big men in the US and other European countries.  We can’t even match up with the big men from China, South Korea and other Asian countries. Palagay ko mas may chance ang small men(guards) natin kasi mas exciting ang mga small players with their excellent moves. Sorry but I don’t think Japeth will ever make it to the NBA.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KF2TCBJ2AUC7VIPR3TACWUGITE Rednaxela VD

    Only Top players of foreign domestic professional leagues make it to the NBA.

    MAG DOMINATE KA MUNA SA PBA bago ka mgarap ng NBA Japeth

  • Platypus09

    This is actually not the real NBA conference.

    This is one of the NBA Developmental League teams.

    It is very difficult to get into these US basketball teams unless you have unique talent that amazes the US basketball fans, especially if you are not American native.

    It does not mean that rejection should kill his spirit in pursuing his dream.

    Luck might be on his side sooner or later.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VPSXDLCQEZGZDJSX32G7PYHNCI Noel

    Balik na lang siya sa Pinas para tulungan ang team natin.

  • mr dt

    i dont waste my time on basketball but anyway i think they judge, player they pick in their looks of course they dont say that  —  just by looking at his face — he do not have any APPEAL at all — HE LOOKS LIKE A  SNATCHER galing TONDO i have seen before – sorry dude but its only my opinion  – in short looking at his face on TV will not be appealing i think thats part of the points in choosing – its the male version of pacquiao nanay on tv all the time

    • MrJoseRizal

      Your english sounds like from a SNATCHER FROM TONDO!

    • pakita_ko_sayo

       tagalugin mo na lang, mas may appeal pang basahin

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VPSXDLCQEZGZDJSX32G7PYHNCI Noel

      Maybe he doesn’t speak like an American with Filipino accent.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_H5ZVFES445VO24QMPAOTT6TEMY Patrick Gerardo

      Everybody has a right to his own opinion. But this opinion sucks! Basketball is not about looks.

    • http://www.facebook.com/jonathansamson2000 Jonathan Ramon V Samson

      Gosh ha ha

  • serve_by_example

    At least you now know that your game is not what the NBA looks for.  Go back to the drawing board, improve and refine your game, bulk up, etc. and try again next year.

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