MANILA, PHILIPPINES — Japeth Aguilar is the longest serving men’s national basketball player having suited up for Gilas Pilipinas since 2009.
How does he feel about this?
“It is an honor,” said Aguilar during the team send-off at the Meralco compound. “When I said I wanted to play for the national team back then, I meant it. And I very much enjoy it.”
Aguilar has played for Rajko Toroman, Chot Reyes, Tab Baldwin, and now Yeng Guiao in the national side. “I think having been under all those coaches, I learned a lot. And I have matured a lot,” laughed Aguilar.
On the eve of the crucial home stand versus Kazakhstan and Iran, Aguilar waxed electric about playing in front of what will surely be a boisterous home crowd. “I know everyone says this, but playing for the national team, for national pride, and in front of the home fans — it never gets old.”