ALL eyes may be on Joshua Munzon in AMA Online Education's campaign in the 2019 PBA D-League, but there's another Fil-Am who's making quite a splash in the developmental ranks.
Franky Johnson has been one of the few head-turners in the Titans' campaign this season, and his numbers speak highly of what he can do.
The 24-year-old swingman is the third-best scorer in the league with his 23.3 point average on a 36-percent shooting, together with his 4.7 rebounds, 2.5 steals, and 1.8 assists.
That's the confidence-builder Johnson needs as he looks to make the jump to the pros after this PBA D-League season.
"I’ll be declaring for the PBA Draft," said the 6-footer as he looks to follow the footsteps of his best friend Magnolia winger Robbie Herndon.
Staying in the developmental ranks for two years has truly toughened Johnson up and he believes that these experiences across Gamboa Coffee Mix, Marinerong Pilipino, and AMA could only bode well for him as he looks to take his game to the next level.
"Every game is never gonna be easy. You just come out here and play hard," he said.
His hard work, though, is paying off, with his brightest moment coming in AMA's 122-119 double-overtime win against Batangas-EAC, where he took charge late to carry his side with 37 points.
As promising as his performance is, Johnson knows that he'll always be as good as his last game, and as the Titans' campaign comes to a close, he just wants to show everyone that he's a consummate team player -- one who can fit with any team in any given situation.
"I'm gonna come here and play hard every day," he said. "I'll just do what my team needs to win, whether that’s scoring, defense, rebounding, or just be a good team player or get my teammates hyped up on the bench. Whatever I can do to help us win."