A former Ateneo de Davao varsity player who is an assistant coach in a US NCAA Division III school is overseeing Japeth Aguilar's skills training as the former PBA no. 1 draft pick continues his quest to break into American professional hoops.
Leo Balayon, who was recently hired as an assistant coach for the California Institute of Technology, or Caltech, a Division III school in Pasadena known for its excellent science and engineering courses, has been working out with Aguilar and preparing him to break into the National Basketball Developmental League (NBDL), or the D-League.
"It's a tough road," said Balayon in an e-mail to Yahoo! PH Sports. "My focus is to get him signed in the D-League. I'm not even thinking beyond that because the D-League will have a big role in his NBA development. My goal is really foundational and our target role for him is like a Steve Novak or at the most, Rashard Lewis. As he is now, (he is) not even at his peak. Me and Japeth are very realistic with ourRead More »from Japeth’s US trainer is a Pinoy from Davao