WOODLAND HILLS, California – Former Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) top draft pick Japeth Aguilar certainly dressed the part, wearing the colors of a certain National Basketball Association (NBA) team as he worked out in a local high school here.
Aguilar, the top pick in the 2009 PBA Rookie Draft, worked out at the high school in Woodland Hills, California while two scouts from the NBA watched.
The scouts, who did not want their NBA affiliation identified, also barred ABS-CBN from taping the workout session.
But it has been widely reported that the San Antonio Spurs were one of the two teams who were working out Aguilar on Wednesday.
Aguilar's US-based agent Chris McGarry neither confirmed nor denied those reports.
"Well, it's all over the news. As far as we can say, we're not going to disclose any team, disclose any location," McGarry said.
"All we can say is that he had a private workout and a call-up and we obliged. All we can say is that we're happy with what happened. We're happy with the situation," he added.
The NBA scouts also placed a gag order on the other workout participants, citing team policy, McGarry said.
According to sources not authorized to speak, Aguilar’s workout session consisted of basic game-simulation NBA drills.
It lasted for a little over an hour.
Aguilar said afterward that he felt blessed to have an opportunity to showcase his skills in front of the best talent evaluators in the world.
"God is good. He helped me get this opportunity," Aguilar said. "Earlier we did a lot of shooting drills, the kind of drills that the scout wanted to see. And let's just hope for the best."
It is believed that Aguilar is the first player born and raised in the Philippines to ever receive an invitation to work out with an NBA team.
The former Ateneo Blue Eagle admits that it has been an overwhelming experience since news of his NBA try-out hit the mainstream.
Aguilar knows that there is a lot of pressure on him to make it to the league, but he believes this experience is good not only for him but for future Filipino basketball players.
"It's going to open doors to some aspiring Filipino basketball players not only in the Philippines but here in America," Aguilar said.
Since performing well at the open tryout for the Bakersfield Jam over the weekend, Aguilar has received a lot of offers from basketball teams all over the world.
His agent said that aside from the NBA workout, they have received a contract offer from a team from the Chinese Basketball Association, one from the National Basketball League of Canda, and also from the Harlem Globetrotters.
But Aguilar is committed to his goal of playing in the NBA, and plans to wait for offers from an NBA Development League team.