Japeth Aguilar Rumors
National U’s Bobby Ray Parks, Jr. has joined Japeth Aguilar in pursuit of becoming the first full-blooded Filipino to play in the NBA. Bobby Parks, Sr., Bobby Ray’s father, yesterday told The STAR there are two NBA teams interested in inviting his son to attend separate training camps in the United States right after the ongoing 75th UAAP season. “I can’t say until they make it official but we’re drawing interest from the NBA,” said Parks, the former seven-time PBA Best Import who is coaching the San Miguel Beermen in the ASEAN Basketball League.
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. ”
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.
The other NBA team, whom McGarry describes as “one of the top five teams in the league” and plays in the Western Conference, is still vetting Aguilar. McGarry said the invitation for Aguilar to workout for that team should arrive shortly. “We’re very excited. This is very good for Japeth,” said McGarry. “It means observations from try-outs and coaches ranging from the Bakersfield Jam, ex-NBA trainers and staff, are satisfied with what they see in Japeth.”
Filipino basketball player Japeth Aguilar has been invited to a two-day workout for another National Basketball Association (NBA) team this weekend, his agent confirmed to ABS-CBN News. Aguilar’s agent, Chris McGarry, said two NBA teams have contacted him about the 6-foot-9 Filipino forward. One NBA team from the Eastern Conference will also have a workout with Aguilar this weekend.