Matthew Aquino became the latest Filipino talent to suit up in the Japan B.League under Division I squad Shinshu Brave Warriors.
The team announced the acquisition of Aquino on Friday, Oct. 15, as the son of three-time PBA champion Marlou will wear the No. 13 jersey in forward position.
“I would like to thank coach Michael [Katsuhisa] and the Shinshu Brave Warriors team for giving me the opportunity to play. I would like to thank you for your hard work in daily practice and games and for believing in me and joining me,” said the former National University cager.
“I am also grateful to Coach Pat [Tancioco] and his agent for leading me to join the team. I have always been prepared for such opportunities and I am proud of God and my family and those who support me. I will do my best to make you think. I am looking forward to seeing everyone in Japan, especially Shinshu boosters!”
Aquino, however, is under a new player contract due to his Japanese bloodline rooted in her grandmother unlike other Filipinos such as Ravena brothers Kiefer and Thirdy, Kobe Paras, Ray Parks Jr., among others, who were signed under the Asian Quota Player contract.
He is the ninth Filipino player to suit up in the Japan B. League with his team Shinshu holding a 2-2 record.
Aquino, who used to play for the Bacoor City Strikers in the MPBL, already completed his mandatory 14-day quarantine and will make his debut appearance against the Osaka Evessa next weekend.
The 6-foot-7 center though will accompany his teammates Saturday, Oct. 16, and Sunday, Oct. 17 against the Alvark Tokyo.