HoopsHype Japeth Aguilar rumors

October 18, 2012 Updates

With the NBA Development League draft only a few weeks away, Filipino basketball player Japeth Aguilar hopes to make a lasting impression in his final try- out on Saturday. On October 20, the 6-foot-9 Aguilar will attend the Iowa Energy’s open try-out in Chicago, Illinois. The Energy is the D-League affiliate of the Chicago Bulls, Denver Nuggets, New Orleans Hornets and the Washington Wizards. Chris McGarry, Aguilar’s agent, says the 25-year-old Filipino forward is ready to give his best performance. ABS-CBN News

October 10, 2012 Updates

Japeth Aguilar’s dream of pursuing a career in the American professional basketball circuit stays alive for the meantime after a National Basketball Association (NBA) Developmental League team promised to draft the former Talk ‘N Text center in the upcoming D-League draft. According to Leo Balayon, the CalTech assistant coach who is supervising Aguilar’s skills training in the United States, the six-foot-nine Aguilar attended the tryouts of the Los Angeles D-Fenders and the Santa Cruz Warriors, and gave such a good account of himself in the Warriors’ tryout that the team said they would draft him. “Basically both teams (the D-Fenders and the Warriors) invited him to try out,” Balayon said in an e-mail to Yahoo! PH Sports. “The D-Fenders did not have a coach yet when he was invited so it was not the best situation. Someone I know in the organization had brought Japeth to the D-Fenders general managers’ attention. We really appreciated that. So after a day, Japeth got an invite to their closed invite-only tryout.” Yahoo! Sports Philippines

The problem, Balayon said, was that some people in the organization got “too excited” about Japeth and claimed he played like Kevin Durant. On the day of the tryout, the team introduced former NBA player Reggie Theus as the new head coach, and Balayon said this caused some problems. “[Theus] had no input on who would be in the tryouts because he was just brought in so I think he was not as invested in it,” he continued. “The assistants from last year as well as other staff were the ones who organized the tryouts. So after being told Japeth played like KD and that he was the one to be looked at first, Theus was already being set with the wrong expectations. “They forced him to play center and power forward, not the SF, which we have been really working on. So even though Japeth played decently, Theus had unrealistic expectations, through no fault of his own.” Yahoo! Sports Philippines

Since the Warriors are already planning on using their first-round pick in the draft on another player, they hope to land Aguilar with their second-round pick. There are currently 16 D-League teams, and it’s not yet clear where the Warriors, who were known last season as the Dakota Wizards, will land in the order of drafting. The draft is set in the first week of November. “They (the Warriors) said they would draft him if he is still available when their turn comes in the draft,” Balayon said. “That's good to hear because they really value him. They even think na maunahan sila. Kasi their very first pick has already been promised to someone else. But their second pick daw will be for Japeth. All we need to do now is wait for the draft. “My concern right now is that if he gets drafted by a team other than the Warriors, he might not get the playing time he needs to improve and get to the NBA. I hope if a team drafts him they really intend to play him.” Yahoo! Sports Philippines

September 25, 2012 Updates

Although it's a long shot, at least there's one young man trying to change the latter. Japeth Aguilar, an athletic 6-foot-9 forward, has spent the last month working out in the U.S. with hopes of joining a pro team stateside. The 25-year-old Aguilar has already practiced in front of scouts from the Spurs and Hornets and tried out for the Bakersfield Jam of the NBADL. The son of a former basketball player now working in a factory in Chicago, Aguilar calls Jeremy Lin an inspiration to pursue his dream of playing in the NBA one day. "The story about Jeremy Lin is really inspiring," Aguilar told HoopsHype. "How he worked to get into the NBA... It's really inspiring. I actually had the chance to play with him in Las Vegas at Impact (Basketball). He really worked hard. You can tell that he's really something special. When we were playing with him, you could see he was all over the court. I don't really know if he remembers, but we went and say 'Hi" to him." HoopsHype

With the NBA an unrealistic goal at this time, Aguilar's best shot at a career in the United States right now would be in the D-League. Brian Levy, assistant general manager for the Bakersfield Jam, saw some positives in Aguilar's game during his workout with the club. "Japeth has great length and athleticism, especially at his size," Levy said. "He's an explosive leaper that runs the floor well and has good instincts when crashing the offensive glass. He can shoot just well enough from three that he must be respected. "He has the tools to contribute to a team this year if he finds the right situation." HoopsHype

September 24, 2012 Updates

Aguilar, for his part, held another private workout, this time with Tom Sellers, a scout of the New Orleans Hornets, in news that came out of popular baksetball website HoopsHype.com recently. "Filipino forward Japeth Aguilar had a workout with Hornets' scout Don Sellers in attendance, agent Chris McGarry told HoopsHype," said HoopsHype's official Twitter account. philstar.com

After two days and more than six hours of workouts, National Basketball Association New Orleans Hornets scout Don Sellers likes Japeth Aguilar’s game but deep down doesn’t believe the former Philippine Basketball Association No. 1 pick is ready for the big show yet. Sellers, who serves as an advanced personnel scout for the Hornets, likes Aguilar’s athleticism, agility and potential but feels the 6’9” Filipino needs to become more aggressive and develop “toughness” to play in the next level - the NBA. “I think he’s a work in progress,” he said. “I like some of the skills he brings to the table. Again, I want to reiterate this, he needs to become more of a westernized player which you saw today he’s made a commitment in doing. ” Asian Journal

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September 13, 2012 Updates

Two National Basketball Association (NBA) scouts were in attendance to watch former Philippine Basketball Association No. 1 pick Japeth Aguilar on Wednesday. Wearing a certain NBA teams colors, the 6’9” Aguilar certainly dressed the part as a member of that team during his workout at a high school in Woodland Hills, Ca. The scouts, who did not want their affiliation to be named or mentioned, barred ABS-CBN and Asian Journal from attending the private workout. Asian Journal

September 12, 2012 Updates

6’9 Japeth Aguilar, a former player of PBA’s Talk ‘N Text team, is giving the NBA another try. He hopes to be the first Philippine-born player to make it to the league. “It’s now or never,” Aguilar said. “I just want to look at it and hope for the best.” If he doesn’t make it to the NBA, he can still compete in the PBA. Aguilar earlier tried out for D-League team Bakersfield Jam, an affiliate of NBA teams Atlanta Hawks, Los Angeles Clippers, Phoenix Suns, and Toronto Raptors. Coaches recognize Aguilar’s natural shot blocking abilities but add that he needs to toughen up, be more assertive and be a better outside shooter. Before leaving for the US, he was invited to work out with the Smart Gilas-Pilipinas 2.0 team coached by his mentor Chot Reyes. He declined but Gilas went on to win the gold the the 34th William Jones Cup. Rappler

September 11, 2012 Updates

The Spurs have already looked at a variety of players, and up next they will workout forward Japeth Aguilar (via ABS-CBNnews) this week. The 25-year old Aguilar is a former Philippine Basketball Association No. 1 draft pick and has been working out for some D-League teams this summer but his goal is to make it into the NBA. ProjectSpurs.com

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