A Dark Horse Prospect Throws His Hat into the PBL Ring
The highly-anticipated Philippine Basketball League (PBL draft) is next week. And as it appears so far, there is no shortage of Filipino talents showing up to enhance the level of play in Philippine basketball.
Here’s one of them.
Allan Aguilar, a 24 year-old point guard from San Diego, California, announces that he is declaring his intention to enter the draft this Friday, September 28, 2007. He has already turned in his application to the PBL office and has been cleared to participate in the PBL Rookie Camp on September 26.
When asked about this opportunity, Allan said that he has been preparing to focus make a career out of basketball all his life, and is anxious for the chance to play against the best amateur players in the Philippines. A graphic arts student who is finishing his degree this year, Allan has decided to put his education on hold so that he can follow his dream.
A dark horse of sorts in a field of players with credentials ranging from top prospects in the NCAA and UAAP to Fil-foreigners with years of collegiate playing experience, Allan comes into the next week’s Rookie Camp and PBL Draft with minimal fanfare or documented pedigree, but has made believers of several knowledgeable basketball stakeholders in the Philippines.
An MVP of his high school team in San Diego, Allan has honed his skill with personal development and playing in local San Diego adult leagues. His play in these leagues and in high school caught the attention of Russell Raypon, executive director of X’s & O’s Basketball Events Management, a company based in Manila and Fresno, California that focuses on grassroots basketball development in the Philippines and assisting willing players with the transition to playing in the archipelago.
“His talent was obvious from the first time I watched and played with him,” Russell commented. “Allan has an advanced skill set, high basketball IQ, and is a player that takes challenges head on in order to win. Allan’s skills and knowledge of the game have only improved as he has gotten older.”
Russell and X’s & O’s have targeted Allan as their first player to attempt a foray into professional basketball in the Philippines. For the past 4 years, they have monitored his progress, and when ready, helped to coordinate workouts and practices with various PBL teams and coaches prior to the draft, including Coach Eric Altamirano. Impressed with his workouts, Coach Altamirano has advocated on Allan’s behalf. Mr. Raypon states, “We are very grateful for Coach E’s assistance and guidance. It is very gracious of him to go out of his way for Allan. He has confirmed X’s & O’s confidence that Allan is ready for this opportunity.”
So Allan, as the dark horse in the race, with the assistance of basketball minds who he has impressed with his talent and attitude, is now poised to step to the gate for the biggest race of his life, the PBL draft. Like all underdogs, a big reward and vindication awaits him when he crosses the finish line as a PBL selection.