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Jason Ballesteros (born October 7, 1985) is a Filipino professional basketball player who last played for the Meralco Bolts of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA). He was drafted seventh by the Meralco Bolts in the 2011 PBA draft.[1] He has also played for Smart Gilas.

Jason Ballesteros
Jason Ballesteros Jumbo Plastic Linoleum Giants.jpg
Ballesteros during his tenure at Jumbo Plastic Linoleum Giants
Free agent
PositionCenter
LeaguePBA
Personal information
Born (1985-10-07) October 7, 1985 (age 33)
Basista, Pangasinan, Philippines
NationalityFilipino
Listed height6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Listed weight246 lb (112 kg)
Career information
CollegeSan Sebastian College
PBA draft2011 Round: 1 / Pick: 7th overall
Selected by the Meralco Bolts
Playing career2011–present
Career history
2011–2012Meralco Bolts
2012–2013Barako Bull Energy
2013–2014Jumbo Plastic Linoleum Giants
2014Meralco Bolts
2014–2016Blackwater Elite
2016–2017Mahindra Enforcer / Mahindra Floodbuster / Kia Picanto
2017–2019Meralco Bolts
Career highlights and awards

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College careerEdit

Ballesteros played college basketball for the San Sebastian Stags where he became the team's starting center. While playing for San Sebastian, he was known as one of NCAA Philippines' top defensive players, winning the Defensive Player of the Year award twice, in 2007 and 2008. He also made the league's Mythical Five team in his final season in 2008.

Professional careerEdit

Ballesteros was drafted by Meralco Bolts seventh overall in the 2011 PBA draft that also featured his former Smart Gilas teammates.

Weeks before the start of the 38th PBA season, he was traded to Barako Bull in exchange for Carlo Sharma and 3-point bomber Sunday Salvacion.[2]

In February 2014, San Miguel Beermen signed Ballesteros to a two-year deal, but never played a game for them and was released before the Governors' Cup. The Meralco Bolts re-signed him for the rest of the season.

On September 12, 2014, he and Salvacion were sent to Blackwater Elite in a three-way trade involving NLEX Road Warriors and Meralco Bolts. NLEX obtained Blackwater's 2016 and 2017 2nd round pick along with the draft rights for Juneric Baloria. Meralco received Sean Anthony from NLEX via Blackwater as third party.[3]

On March 20, 2016, Ballesteros was traded to Mahindra Enforcer for Kyle Pascual.[4][5]

International careerEdit

Ballesteros played for Smart Gilas, the Philippine national team, and was one of the Smart Gilas' pioneers. Of all the big men from the first Gilas team, he stayed with the team the longest, from its creation in 2008 until 2011, when he was drafted to the PBA.[6]

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 September 24, 2016[7]

Season-by-season averagesEdit

Year Team GP MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2011–12 Meralco 16 8.7 .400 .000 .222 2.8 .1 .0 .3 .9
2012–13 Barako Bull 9 10.3 .300 .000 .500 3.9 .1 .1 .8 1.9
2013–14 Meralco 3 12.7 .667 .000 .778 2.3 .7 .7 .3 3.7
2014–15 Blackwater 27 14.0 .518 .000 .667 4.4 .5 .5 .7 2.4
2015–16 Blackwater / Mahindra 29 12.5 .575 .000 .464 4.0 .2 .2 .8 2.3
Career 84 12.0 .496 .000 .521 3.9 .3 .3 .6 2.1

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Jason Ballesteros Player Profile". PBA-Online!. 1985-10-07. Retrieved 2012-04-12.
  2. ^ Joble, Rey (September 11, 2012). "Barako Bull acquires 'project' Ballesteros from Meralco for Salvacion, Sharma". InterAksyon. Archived from the original on April 9, 2016. Retrieved March 29, 2016.
  3. ^ Saldajeno, Ivan (September 12, 2014). "Anthony to Meralco, Baloria to NLEX in three-team PBA transfer". Dugout. Retrieved March 29, 2016.
  4. ^ "Mahindra, Blackwater swap bigs". Fox Sports Asia. March 20, 2016. Retrieved March 29, 2016.
  5. ^ Sacamos, Karlo (March 21, 2016). "Defense-oriented Jason Ballesteros feels right at home at Mahindra". Spin.ph. Retrieved March 29, 2016.
  6. ^ Verora, Levi (March 9, 2014). "Rajko's original hardworking big men - The Smart Gilas boys Pt. 6". Rappler. Retrieved March 29, 2016.
  7. ^ Player Profile at PBA-Online!