Regarded as a pioneer of the ASEAN Basketball League, Froilan Baguion first suited up for the Philippine Patriots in the league’s inaugural season back in 2009.
Along with fellow ABL great Warren Ybañez, Baguion and the Patriots powered through the 2009-2010 season to claim the #1 seed and eventually the league’s first-ever championship.
The following season, The 5’7″ floor general brought his talents to Thailand to become the Chang Thailand Slammers’ Heritage Import.
And just like the season before, Baguion would help lead his squad to the top of the standings.
For the second year in a row, Baguion would appear in the ABL Finals, this time against his former team. In just two games, the Slammers finished off the Patriots via a series sweep– giving Froilan Baguion his second championship in a row.
After spending a season playing for the San Miguel Beermen in 2012, Baguion returned to the Slammers, where he was coached by Joe Bryant, the father of NBA legend Kobe Bryant.
Bryant was all praises for the Filipino. In an interview for the ABL website in 2013, Bryant said: “I will tell you, I wish I could have seen him when he was 18 years old, I would have pushed him to go to the National Basketball Association.” Coach Bryant would later compare Baguion to NBA point guards Chris Paul and Steve Nash.
Froilan closed out his ABL journey with Mono Vampire in 2016 as the league’s all-time Assists and Steals Leader. He would hold these records for almost 3 years.
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