Ex-Ateneo center Japeth Aguilar is within weeks of fullfilling his dreams. Aguilar will see action for the Western Kentucky University Hilltoppers in a nationally-televised game against Gonzaga on November 22. Japeth sat out the whole of last season for the Hilltoppers due to transfer rules.
Japeth is the first Philippine-born player to sign up with a US NCAA Division I school. The lanky 6-9 youngster already made an impression when he ruled the schoolâ€™s slam dunk tilt October of last year. Prior to his stint with the Hilltoppers, the 20-year-old Pampanga native was a mainstay of the Ateneo Blue Eagles. He lead the UAAP in block shots during his sophomore year with the Blue Eagles and helped power the school to a spot in the Final Four in the 2005 UAAP menâ€™s basketball tournament.
Japeth is the son of former PBA player Peter Aguilar who saw action for five different teams in the PBA: AÃ±ejo, Alaska, Seven-Up , Sta. Lucia Realty and Shell before retiring for good in 1994 after putting together an average of 4.2 points per game in 135 games. He was the second round pick of AÃ±ejo in the talent-rich 1989 PBA Draft.