Lakers Sign the NBA’s First Salvadoran-Honduran Player Ronnie Aguilar

The 7'1' center was signed to a training camp contract with his hometown team.

By Jamilah King Oct 04, 2012

The NBA’s Los Angeles Lakers signed the league’s first Salvadoran-American player recently. Ronnie Aguilar is a 7’1" center who was born and raised in L.A. by a Salvadoran father and Honduran mother.

Aguilar played basketball, volleyball and football at John Marshall High School in Los Angeles, and he’s excited to play for his hometown team. From ESPN Deportes:

"It’s a dream to be here, especially since I’m from Los Angeles. I grew up watching the Lakers, especially Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. It’s a pleasure and an honor to be here playing on the same team I have loved since I was a child. I want to do everything possible to grab that ‘ring’ (ring) we want, " the 25 years old center told ESPN en Español.

Aguilar, a 7-1, 250 pound center, most recently played in six games for the Bakersfield Jam of the NBA Development League during the 2011-12 season, averaging 2.2 points and 4.2 rebounds in 11.5 minutes.