Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?


Pingris: Aguilar is new Gilas leader

Marc Pingris sees Japeth Aguilar as the new leader of the Gilas Pilipinas squad that will vie in the FIBA World Cup next year.

In a telephone conversation with Daily Tribune, Pingris said Aguilar had already blossomed from a young, athletic forward into a mature leader who is more than ready to lead the country to a strong performance in the World Cup set from 25 August to 10 September next year.

Pingris used to be the catalyst for the national squad on the defensive end.

In fact, he had been the source of inspiration as the intangibles he brought to Gilas proved to be infectious – from the two FIBA Asia tournaments, the World Cup and the Olympic Qualifying Tournament.

It was those times that he took a young Aguilar under his wings until he became the elder statesman and floor leader of the Gilas Pilipinas squad.

Pingris, a three-time Defensive Player of the Year and a nine-time champion in the Philippine Basketball Association, said he had seen Aguilar matured through the years.

“He was like our baby during our time in Gilas,” Pingris said.

“But he has matured through the years and we can see how his level of play has improved while playing for Ginebra.”

“With the national team, I think he’s ready to embrace that new role as a leader.”

Aguilar admitted that he’s not as vocal as the other past leaders of the squad — from Jimmy Alapag, to Pingris to Gabe Norwood — but he tried to lead by example.

“That’s what I try to do now, to be a good example with the younger players,” Aguilar said.

“I’m 34 now and there’s no one here older than me.”

Aguilar has come full circle from being one of the youngest players when the national team program started in 2008 with the all-amateur Smart Gilas, to becoming the eldest player in the Gilas Pilipinas squad preparing for the World Cup.

Before, Aguilar was known to provide highlight reels with his exciting, above-the-rim plays.

But this time, Aguilar has been generating the energy on defense, similar to the role being played before by Pingris.

“He knows his role very well and he’s got good connection with Scottie Thompson, his teammate at Ginebra. They’re familiar with each other and they’ve been bringing that great chemistry at Gilas,” Pingris said.

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You May Also Like


Manny Pacquiao knows his time is up. This was the keen observation made by a longtime member of his training team who spent dinner...


The dynamic duo of Johnmar “OhMyV33nus” Villaluna and Danerie James “Wise” del Rosario is back with a bang after leading Blacklist International to a...


The University Athletic Association of the Philippines will have a full calendar of sports events for Season 85 starting 1 October. UAAP President Fr....


ECHO has revealed its roster for the upcoming M4 Mobile Legends World Championship to be held 1-15 January 2023 in Jakarta, Indonesia. The seven...


It’s going to be business as usual as the Philippine Basketball Association will not stop its on-court activities when it gives way for the...


It doesn’t look as if newly-crowned Melvin Jerusalem will get the luxury of defending his minimumweight crown against a handpicked rival after the World...


Mitchell, meanwhile, is a six-foot shooting guard frowm Hartford University.


Legendary boxing referee Carlos ‘Sonny’ Padilla was recently inducted into the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame. Famous for serving as the third man in...