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Gregory William Slaughter[1] (born May 19, 1988) is a Filipino-American professional basketball player for the Barangay Ginebra San Miguel of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA). He was selected first overall by the Barangay Ginebra in the 2013 PBA draft.[2] Sports commentators and scribes call him GregZilla because of his apparent heft and height.[3]

Greg Slaughter
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No. 20 – Barangay Ginebra San Miguel
PositionCenter
LeaguePBA
Personal information
Born (1988-05-19) May 19, 1988 (age 31)
Cleveland, Ohio
NationalityFilipino / American
Listed height7 ft 0 in (2.13 m)
Listed weight258 lb (117 kg)
Career information
High schoolMassaponax
(Fredericksburg, Virginia)
College
PBA draft2013 Round: 1 / Pick: 1st overall
Selected by the Barangay Ginebra San Miguel
Playing career2013–present
Career history
2013–presentBarangay Ginebra San Miguel
Career highlights and awards

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Early lifeEdit

Greg's father is 6'3", while his mother is 5'7". Both of his parents were health physicists at nuclear power plants. He was born in Ohio and grew up in Virginia, finishing at Massaponax High School. In 2007, his family moved to Cebu, the hometown of his mother. He quickly learned Cebuano and was convinced by his maternal uncles to play competitive basketball.[4]

College careerEdit

He studied and played for the University of the Visayas from 2007-2009 and took up Political Science. He was a dominant force due to his height. He transferred to Ateneo de Manila University in 2010 and became an eligible player in 2011.[5] In his two seasons for the Blue Eagles, he averaged 13.1 PPG, 9.8 RPG, 1.8 APG 2.9 BPG and 49.7 FG%, and he placed second in rebounds and blocks. He successfully teamed up with Kiefer Ravena and Nico Salva to lead Ateneo to two UAAP championships and completing a five-peat.[6]

PBA D-LeagueEdit

After graduating from Ateneo, he signed with PBA D-League team NLEX Road Warriors to showcase his talent for the upcoming PBA Draft.

PBA careerEdit

PBA draftEdit

Slaughter declared for the 2013 PBA draft. In the prospect camp, he was measured to have height of 6 foot and 11 5/8 inches and a wingspan of 85 inches. He had a vertical reach of 11 feet 6 inches and performed 40 bench presses, the most of all draft applicants. He also did 50 situps, 62 pushups and 18 pullups. After the workout, multiple PBA managers and analysts listed him as the no. 1 prospect.[7] Barangay Ginebra San Miguel picked him with the #1 pick in the draft.

Barangay Ginebra San Miguel (2013–present)Edit

Greg Slaughter was paired with Japeth Aguilar to form one of the most formidable frontcourt duos in the PBA and was dubbed the "Twin Towers". In his first game in the PBA, he tallied 10 points (5 of 9 shooting) and 13 rebounds in 36 minutes of play.

International careerEdit

Slaughter was the starting center for the Sinag Pilipinas team that won the 2011 SEA Games and the 2011 SEABA tournament which was the qualifying tournament for the 2011 FIBA Asia Championship.[8] He was also a part of the national team pool in preparation for the 2013 FIBA Asia Championship held in the Philippines but did not make it to the final 12 roster. He was again invited to the pool that will train to compete in both the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup in Spain and the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea, but he declined.[9]

PBA career statisticsEdit

Legend
  GP Games played   GS Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Correct as of October 19, 2016 [10]

Season-by-season averagesEdit

Year Team GP MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2013–14 Barangay Ginebra 43 32.9 .532 .000 .641 10.1 1.5 .2 1.4 14.6
2014–15 Barangay Ginebra 32 28.8 .494 .000 .705 10.3 1.3 .2 .8 14.8
2015–16 Barangay Ginebra 26 35.4 .545 .000 .708 11.7 2.0 .4 1.3 19.7
Career 101 32.2 .525 .000 .680 10.5 1.6 .3 1.2 16.0

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Padilla, Erika (November 9, 2013). "Dugout Diaries: Getting To Know That Gentle Giant, Greg Slaughter". FHM Philippines. Archived from the original on May 2, 2018. Retrieved May 2, 2018.
  2. ^ "Slaughter leads 44 hopefuls in PBA draft". Rappler. November 6, 2013. Archived from the original on August 19, 2014. Retrieved May 10, 2015.
  3. ^ 'Gregzilla' Slaughter throws weight around as vengeful Ginebra pounds San Mig Archived February 23, 2014, at the Wayback Machine Spin.ph
  4. ^ "Greg Slaughter - Man of Great Heights". Mico Halili. August 1, 2012. Archived from the original on April 2, 2015. Retrieved May 10, 2015.
  5. ^ "After playing pro, Ateneo's Slaughter back in college for his degree". Mav Gonzales, GMA. September 7, 2011. Archived from the original on December 26, 2014. Retrieved May 10, 2015.
  6. ^ "The top 10 collegiate basketball players". Robi Raya, Rappler. November 4, 2012. Archived from the original on August 23, 2014. Retrieved May 10, 2015.
  7. ^ "Stats confirm Slaughter as No. 1 prospect". Roy Luarca, Philippine Daily Inquirer. October 28, 2013. Archived from the original on May 18, 2015. Retrieved May 10, 2015.
  8. ^ "Sinag Pilipinas Shines". Hoopnut.com. November 24, 2011. Archived from the original on January 16, 2014. Retrieved May 10, 2015.
  9. ^ "The curious case of SMC players declining invitations to Gilas Pilipinas". Jaemark Tordecilla, InterAksyon.com. March 10, 2014. Archived from the original on May 18, 2015. Retrieved May 10, 2015.
  10. ^ Player Profile Archived November 27, 2014, at the Wayback Machine at PBA-Online!