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Basketball Player Profiles Jimmy Alapag

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Jimmy Alapag is a Filipino-American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Philippine Basketball Association's (PBA) Talk n' Text Phone Pals. Alapag, dubbed as the "mighty mouse" because of his relentless playing style despite his obvious lack in size, is a seven-year league veteran who is also two-time member of the elite mythical first team selection of the league.

Selected in the 2002 PBA draft as the 10th overall pick by the Talk n' Text Phone Pals in what was considered as the "steal of the draft", Alapag immediately made waves in the PBA, displaying superb playmaking ability and stellar decision-making skills.

In his first year, Alapag teamed up with low post behemoth Asi Taulava in leading the Phone Pals to an All-Filipino Championship, the most prestigious PBA championship during the three-conference PBA format. Alapag, as expected won the Rookie of the Year award by a wide margin, averaging 14.5 points, 7.1 assists and 6.5 rebounds per outing while shooting a decent clip of 35.4 percent from the three-point region.

In the 2004-2005 season, Alapag continued his remarkable play en route to his second mythical first team selection and co-MVP honors with teammate Taulava in the All-Star Game held in Cebu. He also led the Phone Pals to two straight finals appearances, but was unsuccessful in his ultimate goal of winning another championship to the storied franchise.

In 2005, Alapag was selected as part of the PBA-backed national team that represented the country in the 2005 FIBA-Asia Champions Cup and the 2005 Brunei Cup. Since then, Alapag became a regular part of the pool of PBA players that represents the country in international tournaments.

Alapag was considered by Asian basketball coaches and scribes as perhaps the best point guard in the continent upon seeing him play in the 2007 FIBA-Asia Championships. Despite the forgetful performance of the RP Powerade team, Alapag prove his worth toe-to-toe against the best Asia has to offer.

Alapag led the RP team in points, assists and three-point field goal shooting. Hence, Alapag is considered as the heart and soul of the Philippine team.

Upon his return to the PBA, Alapag continued his consistent playing and throughout his seven seasons in the league, he had averaged 13.9 points, 5.1 rebounds, 6.4 assist on 36.2 percent shooting from beyond the arc. Amazingly, Alapag compiled those numbers with just a 5-foot-9, 160 lbs body frame.

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