In no particular order, hereâ€™s my choice for Philippine basketballâ€™s next breed of stars
Japeth Aguilar 6-9 C (Western Kentucky University Hilltoppers/Ateneo de Manila University)
Will: sky high for a dunk
Canâ€™t: hit the three-ball
PBA Player Comparison: A younger and better Raffy Reavis
Japeth Aguilar left Ateneo and the UAAP for a chance to play college ball in the US. He enrolled in a division I school (Western Kentucky University) that is not expected to contend in the Sweet Sixteen. If Japeth played on this yearâ€™s Ateneo team, the Blue Eagles would have swept the tournament and basked in glory of being one of only two teams to win the crown undefeated. Japeth clearly has the talent, upside and the bloodlines (his father Peter was a former PBA player) to be a great player. The prospects of Japeth to be the first full-blooded Filipino in the NBA appear to be a longshot but not impossible. If Japeth is to succeed and compete at the next level, he must be able to develop a perimeter game that opposing players will respect. He is still not a great rebounder because his body is not yet physically capable of banging bodies in the paint. His future clearly is at the small forward position where he will be able to take advantage of his length, quickness and mobility on the perimeter.
UAAP Averages: 5.7 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 0.6 apg, 3.2 bpg, 0.1 spg, 2.3 tpg, 24.1 mpg
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