Japeth Aguilar - 6'9 FT

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Japeth Aguilar - 6'9 FT

Post by Admin on Mon Jul 16, 2007 2:43 am

Super Japeth wins school slamdunk tilt! (video clips added)

Bowling Green, Kentucky (E.A. Diddle Arena) - In an evening dubbed as the “Hilltopper Hysteria”, former Ateneo Blue Eagle Japeth Aguilar bested fellow newcomers Desire Gabou and Jeremy Evans and junior Mike Walker to rule the Western Kentucky University (WKU) slam dunk contest in front of more three thousand cheering fans.
The 6′9″ Japeth Aguilar put excitement to the show by bringing home
a difficult one-handed slam where he placed his entire forearm through
the rim. He capped off the contest and the title with a baseline
two-handed windmill dunk.

The festivity marks the fourth straight season wherein the Western
Kentucky University basketball program participated in Midnight Madness
activities. Both the men’s and women’s teams were introduced to the
crowd and included not only a slam dunk competition but also a
three-point shooting contest and short scrimmages for both teams.
Western Kentucky is a Division I school in the US NCAA and plays in
the Sun Belt Conference. The varsity will play five games against NCAA
Tournament participants from last season in its first 11 contests of
2006-07. WKU has posted a 45-17 (72.6%) record the past two seasons,
advancing to the National Invitation Tournament each time. The
Hilltoppers won the Sun Belt Conference East Division title for the
first time since 2002-03 last season, and have won 19 of their last 23
league contests. The Hilltoppers’ coach is Darrin Horn who guided the
school to 60 wins in 90 games in 3 seasons. The main players of the
Hilltoppers varsity is 6-5 junior swingman Courtney Lee, 6-6 senior
Benson Callier, and 6-3 junior guard Ty Rogers.
Japeth is not on the official 2006-07 roster of the Hilltoppers. He
will sit out the season because of transfer rules and will have 2 years
of eligibility remaining. Coach Horn has this say of Japeth: “We
are excited to have Japeth joining our program,” said Horn. “He brings
us good size and the ability to block shots on the defensive end.
Offensively, he has great versatility because of his ability to play
facing the basket. The fact that Japeth will be in our program for one
year before being eligible will only enhance his development.”

Japeth is aiming to become the first Filipino to play in the NBA. We wish you luck Japeth!
Japeth Aguilar’s WKU Hilltopper scouting report:

“Looking Back: The first Filipino-born basketball player ever to
sign with a Division I program … As a sophomore at Ateneo de Manila
University, Aguilar averaged 5.7 points, 5.3 rebounds and 3.2 blocked
shots per contest to help lead the Blue Eagles to an 11-5 finish in
2005 … Scored in double digits on three occasions, while he just missed
a double-double twice after posting nine points and a career-best 10
boards in Ateneo’s season opener as well as 10 points and eight
rebounds later in the year in a win over Far Eastern University … Shot
55.4 percent (36-of-65) on the season, and he was credited with
multiple blocks in 12 of the Blue Eagles’ 16 games — that included a
career high of seven as well as two other contest with five or more …
He led the Universities Athletic Association of the Philippines in
rejections his sophomore season … Saw limited action as a freshman at
Ateneo due to appendicitis, but still managed to score 11 points, grab
11 rebounds and block 10 shots in only 51 minutes of action … On the
international level, Aguilar is expected to be part of the Philippine
National Team as it attempts to qualify for the 2008 Olympics in
Beijing …Aguilar’s father, Peter, was a longtime player in the
Philippine Basketball Association … Attended the Reedley International
School prior to his two seasons at Ateneo.”

Japeth’s dunk video clips:

clips are not high quality but at least we get to see how Japeth
executed his dunks at the WKU midnight madness. All his 5 dunks are
shown here, including the misses. Without a doubt, the best dunk he
executed here was the third dunk wherein he placed his entire forearm
inside the rim (how’s that Vince Carter!), although he could have
elicited more applause and made it more exciting if he hung unto rim
longer (but I think the forearm already hurts, right Japeth?)
First dunk was a miss

Another miss


Best dunk of the night

A miss

the winning dunk

Special thanks to Condray of the Hilltoppers’ message board for sharing these video clips and pictures.

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