LOS ANGELES, California – One of the biggest days of Japeth Aguilar’s basketball life will be this Wednesday, when he will be evaluated by a scout from the National Basketball Association’s (NBA) San Antonio Spurs.
On Wednesday, Aguilar, the top pick in the 2009 PBA Rookie Draft, will work out with Spurs' advanced scout Dave Fehte at 11 a.m. in a Los Angeles gym.
This, according to Aguilar’s US-based agents, Chris McGarry of the McGarry Basketball Group and Brent Lofton of Slam Dunk Management.
The private workout will be about an hour to an hour-and-a-half long, said McGarry.
“It’s going to be a scripted workout to showcase Japeth’s skills,” he said. “As of now, we don’t know if Dave is bringing in any other guys to work out along with Japeth.”
“For now, all we know is it’s just going to be them two inside the gym and I think a Spurs video coordinator taping everything,” McGarry added.
E-mails to the Spurs media department asking for confirmation of the workout have not been returned.
Fehte is a well-respected high school principal who moonlights as an advanced scout for the Spurs. He was an interim head coach at St. Mary’s College, an NCAA Division 1 school in Northern California, in 1991 and a former assistant coach at California State University.
Fehte has served as a scout for the Spurs for over 10 years.
The 6-foot-9 Aguilar is fresh off an impressive performance at an open workout for the NBA Development League (D-League) Bakersfield Jam this past weekend.
Hernando Planells, a former scout for the NBA who now works for the Duke women’s basketball program, believes Aguilar is ready and will make a good impression in his workout with the Spurs.
Planells worked out Aguilar earlier this year when the two were in the Philippines.
“I expect Japeth to do really well. He has all the abilities,” said Planells, who has worked under NBA director of scouting Marty Blake and served as a D-League assistant coach.
“I think the Spurs scout will get blown away by Japeth’s athleticism. He’s going to show he has great timing and he’ll look like an animal,” Planells added.
“The thing with Japeth though is, he’s going to look good in the workout but for him, it’s all about the five-on-five. It’s about whethere he can maintain consistent aggressiveness.”
Planells said Aguilar may not yet be ready for the NBA, but there is a good chance the Filipino can make a D-League team this year where he can continue to develop.
“He’s only 25 years old,” Planells pointed out. “He has a good chance. It’s better than the last time.”
“The thing is, everyone thinks with his size and ability that it’s easy to make it to the NBA or the D-League. It’s not. It is extremely difficult. Sometimes it’s all a crap shoot,” he added.
Planells also commended Aguilar for taking the opportunity to pursue his dreams.
“I don’t blame him for taking this chance. If it doesn’t happen, then he’ll look forward to a solid 10-year career in the PBA (Philippine Basketball Association),” he said.
Aguilar was the top pick in the 2009 PBA Draft by Burger King, but spent most of his professional career with Talk 'N Text.
He played college ball for the Ateneo de Manila Blue Eagles and Western Kentucky University.
Aguilar was also a mainstay of the Smart Gilas Pilipinas national team.