JASON Perkins was on cloud nine moments after leading Cignal to the PBA D-League Foundation Cup championship at the expense of Centro Escolar University on Thursday.
A jubilant Perkins hugged each teammate near center court as black and red balloons fell on them at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.
But bright as his D-League stint was, Perkins was still unclear on his future plans, particularly about joining the PBA draft.
"Grab a beer," said Perkins in jest when asked what's next for him after the D-League conquest.
Turning serious, Perkins said nothing is cast in stone yet. But he will definitely continue working out and improving his game which put him in the MVP picture twice this season.
"Probably, man I don't know. Work out, get in shape because I still don't know what's next for me," he said.
The lefty forward, however, was thankful for two conferences under coach Boyet Fernandez in the tournament that raised his confidence as well as basketball IQ—values that could help him if ever he decides to join the PBA draft this year.
"Being with Cignal really raised my confidence. Sometimes I hesitate to shoot the ball before. Coach Boyet really raised my confidence," said Perkins, who averaged 14.25 points, 7.67 rebounds, 1.83 assists to emerge as one of the top Foundation Cup MVP contenders.
"Also, my basketball IQ was okay but it grew with the coaches and my teammates who were in the PBA taught me a lot and raised my IQ."
But while his future remains uncertain, Perkins is savoring Cignal's championship double - a feat only three teams have achieved so far in the tournament.
"Everyone here is so fun. I really enjoy going to practice even if it’s at 4:30am. We learn something new everyday," he said.
"The relationship we had is something that money can't buy. It sounds cheesy but everybody has so much love for each other here."