IF there is one Filipino basketball player who knows what to expect in the very first NBA preseason game in the country, it’s got to be big man Japeth Aguilar.
The 6-foot-9 Globalport center said the basketball-loving Filipinos are definitely in for a high level of competition when the Houston Rockets and Indiana Pacers play at the Mall of Asia Arena on October 10.
“Ma-eexpect nila talaga mga talented, highly-skilled players that really play at a very high level,” Aguilar shared to Spin.ph shortly after the inaugural NBA preseason game in Manila was formally announced on Tuesday.
“It will really be a treat for the Filipino fans.”
Aguilar of course, knows whereof he speaks.
The son of former national player Peter Aguilar came close to landing a spot on the Santa Cruz Warriors roster in the NBA-Developmental League as he bids to become the first ever Filipino player to suit up in the NBA.
Picked by the Warriors in the seventh round of the draft, Aguilar fell short of making the regular season roster of the team.
He previously attended open workouts by NBA teams San Antonio and New Orleans, while attending college at Western Kentucky University, an US NCAA Division 1 school.
“Hopefully, kapag naglaro ang Rockets at Pacers, maging exciting `yung game and all of the big-name players will play,” he said.
Asked if he will watch the game, Aguilar can only keep his fingers crossed, knowing the MOA Arena will be filled to the rafters.
“Sana. Full ang MOA, we probably don’t have seats,” he said.