Joseph Yeo

On: 10 September 2008

Jersey number: 24
Height/Weight: 5'11" 185 lbs.
Age: 25
Date of Birth: 07 July 1983
Hometown: Manila
Position: Off-Guard
Years Pro: 3
College: De la Salle University
Monicker: The Ninja
Teams played for in the PBA: Coca Cola Tigers, Sta. Lucia Realtors

Basketball Career:

In the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP), La Salle’s Joseph Yeo took some of the scoring load from the more illustrious Macmac Cardona during the 2004 season.

In the Philippine Basketball League (PBL), Joseph Yeo led his team, Harbour Centre Portmasters, to its first PBL crown alongside ex-Ateneo star LA Tenorio by winning the 2006 Unity Cup Finals against Toyota Otis.

Drafted 3rd overall by Coca-Cola Tigers in the 2006 PBA Draft just behind Kelly Williams and Arwind Santos, Yeo played limited minutes as a reliever of the Tiger’s main-man John Arigo. Despite the limited playing time, Yeo still managed to average 10ppg, 4.6 rpg and 1.2 apg in 26 minutes per contest halfway into the elimination round of the 2006-2007 PBA Talk N Text Philippine Cup. However, this did not stop critics from calling Yeo a bust and attribute this to his lacking in size to play the “2” spot.

Nevertheless, the Sta. Lucia Realty team believes that the high flying acts, improved perimeter shooting, fearless drives and tenacious deffense of Yeo is what they need to get to the Finals. When the opportunity opened to acquire the new aerial highlight, SLR did not hesitate in parting with a pair of FEU stalwarts in Mark Isip and Cesar Catli to get Yeo plus a future draft pick.

Nicknamed “The Ninja”, Joseph Yeo is also known for his squabbles with Ateneo alum and rival Enrico Villanueva. It started in a charity game featuring former and current stars of Ateneo and De la Salle, and carried on to a regular PBA game pitting the Barakos against the Coca-Cola Tigers. When they saw each other in the parking lot, they were at it each other’s throat again. Fortunately, no critical injuries were inflicted that could have cost them their career.


From a UAAP rookie year in 2001 where Joseph Yeo averaged of 3.4 points, 1.5 rebounds, 1.5 rebounds, and 9.5 minutes per game, he improved this to an average statline of 11.3 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.4 assists, and 23.3 minutes in the 2004 Season.

As a Realtor, Yeo averaged 11.39 points, 2.7 rebounds, 2.6 assists and a steal during the 2008 PBA Philippine Cup. More importantly, he gave the team another scoring option aside from Kelly Williams and Ryan Reyes.

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