JUST like Calvin Abueva before him Alaska draftee Davon Potts first needed to complete his stint in the National Collegiate Athletic Association before focusing on his professional basketball career in the Philippine Basketball Association.
After helping the San Beda Red Lions win a second consecutive NCAA seniors basketball crown Potts can now concentrate on playing for the Alaska Aces who drafted him in the second round at eighteenth overall.
Unlike Abueva who failed to win the NCAA crown in his final year with the San Sebastian College Stags before playing in the PBA, Potts managed to lead the Red Lions to the throne. Potts averaged 15.0 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.0 assists in the Finals.
Potts, a “steal” in the second round, is a proven winner. He led Cignal to two PBA D-League championships. He helped San Beda win back-to-back NCAA crowns.
Basketball experts projected him as a high pick in the first round. Somehow he managed to be available when the Aces selected him at eighteenth overall.
Potts said that people doubted him and his abilities for as long as he could remember. However, he only uses this as motivation to do better and prove his doubters wrong.
“I use that as motivation a lot. They doubt me but I always use that as fire from day one. I always loved that and used that as fire to prove everybody wrong,” said Potts in a published report.
The Fil-Am guard was San Beda’s main man last year under coach Jamike Jarin. With new coach Boyet Fernandez Potts didn’t get as much minutes in the regular season. His playing time increased in the Finals when he finally had a chance to show his true worth.
He was not disturbed by his lack of minutes though. He said all that mattered was winning championships.
Potts is a man used to winning basketball crowns. He will be an asset to the Aces who will be gunning for their 15the title this coming PBA season.