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Marc PingrisDescription : Jean Marc Pingris, Jr. (born October 16, 1981) is a Filipino professional basketball player currently playing for the Star Hotshots in the Philippine Basketball Association.Born in Pozorrubio, Pangasinan, Pingris started his career in the PBA at the 2004 PBA draft which featured James Yap, Gary David, Ranidel de Ocampo, Rich Alvarez and Nelbert Omolon. Pingris was drafted by the FedEx Express with the 3rd overall pick, but was quickly traded to the Purefoods TJ Hotdogs along with Egay Billone... Page:m

Jean Marc Pingris
Marc Pingris - Gilas Practice.png
No. 15 – Star Hotshots
PositionPower forward
LeaguePBA
Personal information
Born(1981-10-16) October 16, 1981 (age 34)
Pozzorubio, Pangasinan, Philippines
NationalityFilipino
Listed height6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Listed weight215 lb (98 kg)
Career information
CollegeFar Eastern University
PBA draft2004 Round: 1 / Pick: 3rd overall
Selected by the FedEx Express
Playing career2004–present
Number16, 15
Career history
2004–2005FedEx Express
2005–2008Purefoods Chunkee Giants / Purefoods Tender Juicy Giants
2008–2009Magnolia Beverage Masters/San Miguel Beermen
2009–presentPurefoods Tender Juicy Giants / B-Meg Llamados / San Mig Coffee / San Mig Super Coffee Mixers / Purefoods Star Hotshots / Star Hotshots
Career highlights and awards
  • 8× PBA Champion (2006 Philippine, 2009 Fiesta, 2009-10 Philippine, 2012 Commissioner's, 2013 Governors', 2013-14 Philippine, 2014 Commissioner's , 2014 Governor's)
  • 2× PBA Finals MVP (2006, 2013)
  • PBA Most Improved Player (2006)
  • 3× PBA Mythical Second Team (2006, 2013, 2014)
  • 3× PBA Defensive Player of the Year (2006, 2013, 2014)
  • 7× PBA All-Defensive Team (2006, 2008, 2010–2013, 2013-2014)
  • 12× PBA All-Star (2005–2016)
  • PBA All-Star Game MVP (2011)
  • 42nd Member of PBA 1,000 offensive rebound club
  • PBA Grand Slam Champion (2014)
  • PBA 40 Greatest Players
Medals
Men's Basketball
Representing  Philippines
Southeast Asian Games
Gold medal – first place2003 Ho Chi MinhTeam
FIBA Asia Championship
Silver medal – second place2013 ManilaTeam
Silver medal – second place2015 ChangshaTeam
William Jones Cup
Silver medal – second place2015 TaipeiTeam

Jean Marc Pingris, Jr. (born October 16, 1981) is a Filipino professional basketball player currently playing for the Star Hotshots in the Philippine Basketball Association.

Born in Pozorrubio, Pangasinan, Pingris started his career in the PBA at the 2004 PBA draft which featured James Yap, Gary David, Ranidel de Ocampo, Rich Alvarez and Nelbert Omolon. Pingris was drafted by the FedEx Express with the 3rd overall pick, but was quickly traded to the Purefoods TJ Hotdogs along with Egay Billones. It is with Purefoods that Pingris established his reputation as perhaps the best defender in the PBA today.

Early life and college career

Marc Pingris was born on October 16, 1981 to Jean Marc Pingris, Sr., a Frenchman, and Erlinda Prado, a former saleswoman at SM Cubao. When Pingris was three years old, his father left for work in Morocco and separated from the family.

Pingris idolized Michael Jordan. After his classes, he would study his lessons and do his homework then go to their barangay court to practice his "Jordan-like" skills in basketball. When he has no classes he would call up his friends and play basketball in other barangays. In high school, Pingris tried to play in their school try-outs but he was not accepted, but when he was in 2nd year he was finally accepted to their school's varsity team. During his collegiate years, he would go play for the varsity basketball team of the Philippine School of Business Administration. However, he started his career at the Far Eastern University, Manila where he was formally discovered.

He also played for the Cebu Gems in the Metropolitan Basketball Association.

PBA career

FedEx

Pingris was selected by the FedEx Express with the 3rd overall pick in the 2004 PBA draft. The draft also featured two of his future teammates, Yap and Artadi from UE.

Pingris played a few games with Air21 prior to the trade that sent him to the Purefoods TJ Hotdogs.

Purefoods

He was traded to Purefoods after having played a few games with the Express. He was traded along with Egay Billones. In the 2005–06 PBA season, he was awarded with the Finals MVP in the 2006 PBA Philippine Cup as Purefoods defeated Red Bull, 4-2. In Game 2 of the Finals of the 2006 season, he scored 21 points to lead Purefoods to a 93-82 win. In the 2007–08 PBA Philippine Cup Finals, he grabbed a career-high 21 rebounds, leading to his new nickname, The Rebounding Demon.

Magnolia/San Miguel

When Purefoods center Rommel Adducul was diagnosed with nasopharynx cancer, Pingris was shipped to the Magnolia Beverage Masters for center Enrico Villanueva at the start of the 2008 PBA Fiesta Conference.

Pingris played his first game for Magnolia as a starter, going up against his former team, Purefoods.

Pingris-Santos trade

Before the 2009–10 PBA season began, Pingris and Magnolia teammate Ken Bono were traded to the Burger King Whoppers for superstar Arwind Santos and San Miguel's (formerly Magnolia) 2010 first round pick.

In a Manila Bulletin interview, Burger King team owner Lito Alvarez further explained the trade: “The reason lang natagalan itong negotiation is we want a draft pick, not a player sa package because we already have 17 players including the three picks we’ll have in this Sunday’s Draft.”

Return to Purefoods

Pingris (left) watches his teammate James Yap drive against Aaron Aban of Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters

Barely 24 hours after being shipped to Burger King, Pingris was released to the Purefoods TJ Giants after Purefoods agreed to surrender its first and second round picks in 2010 to Burger King.

Pingris' return to Purefoods was confirmed by board governor Rene Pardo in an interview with GMANews.TV: "We have agreed to trade our first and second round picks next year to Burger King for Pingris."

Burger King Whoppers' board representative and then-incoming PBA chairman Lito Alvarez said that he felt that the trade was good for both teams, as Purefoods needed Pingris more, while the Whoppers planned to rebuild with their future draftees.

In the Llamados' second game during the 2012 PBA Commissioner's Cup, Pingris grabbed five rebounds, making him the 42nd member of the league's 1,000 Offensive Rebound Club.

For all his hardwork and contributions in B-Meg's 2012 PBA Commissioner's Cup championship run, Pingris was aptly nicknamed "Pinoy Sakuragi".

Personal life

He is married to actress Danica Sotto, daughter of Vic Sotto and Dina Bonnevie. They have two children, a son named Jean Michael, and a daughter named Anielle Micaela.

As shown during his autobiography/documentary series, Kuwentong Gilas, his favorite pastime besides basketball is watching Slam Dunk, and collecting Slam Dunk anime merchandise, especially #10 jersey, worn by his moniker, Hanamichi Sakuragi.

PBA career statistics

Legend
  GPGames played 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 July 20, 2014

Regular season

YearTeamGPMPGFG%3P%FT%RPGAPGSPGBPGPPG
2004–05FedEx5513.6.569.000.5483.10.40.40.34.6
2005–06Purefoods5727.8.515.000.6068.50.80.41.68.8
2006–07Purefoods2429.0.588.000.819.21.10.41.38.1
2007–08Purefoods/Magnolia6028.9.538.000.6038.11.10.31.08.3
2008–09San Miguel4022.3.571.000.6215.81.40.20.76.8
2009–10Purefoods/B-Meg Derby Ace6131.9.519.000.5458.01.40.60.67.2
2010–11Derby Ace3432.3.564.000.6949.41.40.70.99.8
2011–12B-Meg5928.4.571.000.5957.11.90.40.67.3
2012–13San Mig Coffee5731.4.563.000.6237.82.50.60.99.2
2013–14San Mig Coffee6832.8.501.000.6157.42.70.70.89.8
Career51528.0.541.000.5987.41.60.50.98.0
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