ALASKA coach Alex Compton is preaching patience to Davon Potts, who has yet to see action for the Aces this early in the PBA Philippine Cup.
Asked why the rookie guard, the Aces’ second-round pick and 18th overall in this year’s draft, has yet to make his debut, Compton cited the abundance in their wing rotation as the main hindrance.
“We’ll see,” Compton told SPIN.ph on Wednesday after practice. “We have so many players. Sometimes people forget that only five can play at one time, and when you’ve got 17 on your roster, it’s challenging.”
“I really like what he’s been showing in practice,” he was quick to add. “He’s got to keep doing the work. But I like him.”
A projected late first-rounder, Potts only heard his name get called midway through the second round of the draft, marking the start of his uphill climb to prove his worth.
The former San Beda standout hasn’t played in the Aces’ first two games, getting his second DNP-CD in the Aces’ last game of 2017 against TNT KaTropa last December 29 – just two days after celebrating his 25th birthday.
While Potts has yet to step on the court, Jeron Teng has played extensive minutes right away with the Aces’ first-round pick immediately repaying Compton’s faith by living up to expectations. Tegn put up 28 points, 10 boards, five assists, four steals, one block, and zero turnover in 30 minutes as a starter in the 106-98 loss to the Texters.
Teng is part of the wing rotation that also has Kevin Racal, Ronald Pascual, and superstar Calvin Abueva at times, making it tough for Potts to crack it.
“It’s just that anytime you’re a rookie, it’s tough,” Compton said. “Not everybody’s Jeron and Kiefer (Ravena) – let’s put it that way. Those guys have been in a separate class since they were 12 years old. They’ve clearly separated themselves from that age.”
“But he’s (Potts) a good kid with a lot of potential,” he added. “He’s learning our system. I really like him and I think we got a steal.”