When Peter Aguilar declared to everyone that Japeth could someday play in the NBA after Japeth was accepted at WKU, that raised a couple of eyebrows.
Especially people who are familiar with the US NCAA Division 1. Unlike the NCAA or UAAP where there are only less than a dozen schools in each league, the entire US NCAA Division 1 consists of three hundred plus (300) schools. So that means just getting on one, is nowhere near a guarantee to reach the NBA.
More disturbing was the fact that his son wasn’t exactly a star in the UAAP with the Ateneo de Manila University Blue Eagles. He had a mediocre career there on his rookie season, then he got injured and missed most of the second season.
While everyone would agree that WKU is a big leap even for a school like Ateneo basketball wise, you also got to wonder if Peter thought that Ateneo was not good enough to teach his son to be a basketball star.
‘Peter Aguilar’s Basketball Dreams’
Peter Aguilar was a former player in the PBA. Standing anywhere from 6’4″ to 6’6″, he didn’t have a notable PBA career, he was basically a just journeyman, and was used mainly as an import fodder, those players who are hired just so they can give up fouls on imports.
His best years were with Ginebra, and that is part of the reason why he is a bit more popular than he should be as a player. He did have a pretty consistent mid-range shot, he was more like a sweet-shooting big man.
So imagine Peter, with his lackluster PBA career, suddenly end up with a son who is not only taller than him, but also athletically very gifted. Something must have lit up (snapped?) in his head, and started dreaming of fulfilling his basketball dreams in his son Japeth.
Unfortunately for Peter (and Japeth), moving to WKU didn’t turn his son into a superstar. When he wasn’t injured, Japeth was keeping the wKU bench warm with his presence there.
And worst, looking at Japeth’s game, his strengths and weaknesses (athleticism, but no finesse game) when he entered Ateneo was still his strengths and weaknesses three years later after leaving WKU.
After coming back to the Philippines, it seems that Peter is the one who has gotten his son into one controversy after another. First was ditching the agent whom his son had signed a contract with, and then telling his son not to play for Yeng Guiao and Burger King after Yeng benched Japeth in the 2009 FIBA Asia Championships, and kept his son from becoming a superstar.
‘Peter Aguilar and his Frustrations’
All I can say to Peter, is this: I know that you are just trying your best for your own son, and that is a very noble thing to do. However, you can’t force things as they are, you can’t keep blaming other people why your athletic 6’9″ son isn’t living up to expectations.
He son has been thru at least three different, good coaches from his college basketball career up to now, and none of them could make Japeth into a star.
I’m not saying that Japeth will not be star, maybe he will be one. But it takes a bit of time, perhaps. Patience is a virtue.
And even if he doesn’t, you can’t keep forcing him to be one, and at the same time blaming other people for his failure. By doing so, you are only harming your son’s career. It may not be your intention to be so, but it is the result.