There is a full-blooded Filipino point guard currently strutting his wares in the US NCAA. His name is Jeff Dosado a.k.a. â€œ3Dâ€. He got the nickname because of his propensity for hitting the 3 ball with deadly accuracy and for dishing dimes. Heâ€™s 5-9 165 lbs and starts for the American International College Yellow Jackets, a division II school in the US competing in the tough Northeast-10 Conference, which is the same school that produced ex-NBA player Mario Elie and University of Connecticut head coach Jim Calhoun. Jeff, 25, is hoping to follow the footsteps of crack Fil-Am guards Jimmy Alapag, Jayjay Helterbrand and Mark Caguioa who have made their respective marks in the PBA. He plans to apply for the draft next year if plans donâ€™t miscarry.
Jeff was born on July 28, 1982 in Montreal, Quebec to parents Nelson and Nenette Dosado. His father Nelson hails from Pototan, Iloilo while his mother Nenette traces her roots to San Fernando, Pampanga. It was in Montreal where his parents met and decided to settle down.
He has been to the Philippines only thrice. He was here last May for six weeks to meet his relatives and get acquainted with life in his parentsâ€™ homeland.
â€œI found the Philippines really hot! haha…..[but] I love it! Food was great, everyone I met was very welcoming…I felt really comfortable! What also made it easy was the fact that I completely understand Tagalog and Ilongo…..so it just made my visit go a lot smoother…â€
Jeff is an incoming senior for the Yellow Jackets. He leads the team in three-point shots made (39) and attempted (114), and assists (2.9 apg) last season. Despite his relatively short stature, Jeff is making his presence felt on the boards (2.6 rpg, 5th on the team) and on the defensive end (0.9 spg, 3rd on the team). He is also sixth on the team in scoring (8.4 ppg) and scored a career-high 29 points (on 5 threes and 14-20 FT shooting) in a win over Southern Connecticut last December 9, 2006. Due to his exploits on the court, the school awarded him with the AIC Menâ€™s Basketball “Bob Cousy Leadership Award” which is annually given to players who have exhibited outstanding leadership and performance.
He belongs to a rare breed of student-athlete who excel in both the field and the classroom. Jeff is a Finance major and has a high 3.24 GPA. He is on the Northeast-10 All-Academic First Team and will just be 3 classes short of graduation. He hopes to leave school on a good note before he takes his acts to the PBA.
Jeff was heavily recruited out of high school. He starred for the Dawson College Blues in Quebec and put together averages of 13.6 ppg on 80% shooting from the FT line and 33.8% shooting from the three-point area, and also tallied 4.6 apg, and 3.1 spg en route to winning the team MVP honors. Previous to that, he was named to the 2001 Quebec provincial team that captured the Summer Canada Games Junior National championship. In 2003-04, he was an FQSE League Al-Star and made it to the All-Star teams at the 2003 Hagen Invitational and the 2004 George Brown Invitational.
His performance got him scholarship offers from several top universities in Canada and from schools in the US East Coast. He also received offers from Division II schools Mercyhurst College (Erie, Pennsylvania), St. Michael’s College (Colchester, Vermont), and Le Moyne College (Syracuse, NY); and even from a Division I school in Campbell University (North Carolina). In the end, Jeff decided he would go to a Division II school to get 4 years of eligibility. The AIC Yellow Jackets needed a point guard at that time and Jeff felt it was a good fit.
His play in the NCAA Division II tourney reminded PBA scouts of a young Jimmy Alapag. Like Jimmy, Jeff is also a strong ballhandler with great court sense, leadership ability, and is not afraid to take the big-time shot. Jeff is a deadshot from behind the arc, tallying 5 three-pointers in a single game five times in his collegiate career. Heâ€™s a great communicator and leads the team in strengths.
Jeff is the first Filipino-Canadian to receive a basketball scholarship in the US and is one of only two Asians currently seeing action in the Northeast-10 Conference (the other one is Cambodian Sopheeng â€œSoapâ€ Toun of Stonehill College). Like all young players, Jeff follows the NBA, idolizes Phoenix Sun guard Steve Nash, and tries to pattern his game after the two-time NBA MVP. What sets him apart from other ballers is that Jeff has a great passion for the sport and the indomitable will to succeed. He is very intelligent and knows what he can and canâ€™t do on the court. Sure, Jeff has his own weaknesses like most players, but he does not dwell on them, and instead focuses on maximizing his strengths to create an undue advantage over the opposition.
Jeff Dosado. Remember the name. Soon he will be a big star in the PBA.
JEFF â€œ3Dâ€ DOSADO COLLEGIATE PROFILE
American International (Northeast-10 Conference, Division II NCAA)
Weight: 165 lbs
Birthdate / Birthplace: July 28, 1982 / Quebec, Montreal
Nationality: Filipino-Canadian (born to Filipino parents in Canada)
Position: Point Guard
College: Incoming senior, American International
High School: Dawson College / Loyola College