Projected to be picked in the first round in the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft, Davon Potts shockingly fell to sixth place in second round into Alaska’s lap.
Instead of sulk, the San Beda sniper is taking his drop in the draft in stride and looks at joining the Aces as a blessing in disguise.
“It worked out pretty well because it opens a great opportunity for me to be in a franchise which treats its players like family,” he said. “I’m happy because I’m going to a team where I feel I can contribute.”
Potts said that going into the draft day, he felt like Rain or Shine, Phoenix, and TNT had their eyes on him.
But as the first round past him by and other names were called before him, he had a sense that Alaska will be the team to take him from the pool.
“I knew something in my gut that I will go to Alaska. After certain teams passed on me, I knew me going to Alaska really made a lot of sense,” he said.
Potts and fifth overall pick Jeron Teng were the lone rookies selections by Aces in the annual draft proceedings and the two will be expected fill the shoes left by retirees Dondon Hontiveros and Tony dela Cruz.
“Basically, Alaska’s picks were programmed on getting players of high value to them. They need rookies who can help them when it comes to offense, and we’ll try our best trying to fill those positions,” said Potss.
Potts also likes the potential partnership with Teng and lead Alaska forward Calvin Abueva which can pose as a matchup nightmare for the opposing teams.
“We can have a team which has some scary speed and power. We have a great mixture and I feel we kind of solidified our backcourt. I feel we could build a dynasty now,” he said.