DAVON Potts is eager to prove he belongs in the PBA after seeing his stock drop in the 2017 rookie draft on Sunday.
A projected first-rounder, Potts saw several teams pass up on him and he didn’t hear his name called by Commissioner Chito Narvasa at Robinsons Place Manila until Alaska got him at the sixth pick in the second round, 18th overall.
The Fil-Am guard from San Beda admitted feeling a bit down but nonetheless very thankful for the trust given him by the Alaska franchise.
“I was disappointed in a way that I thought I have had a couple of teams that will pick me up late in the first round, but at the end of the day, it’s God’s plan,” said the 24-year player from California.
“I have absolutely no regret to be with Alaska. I know Alaska knows my capability. I know exactly the direction they are trying to go and I like Alaska in terms of an organization.”
Potts disclosed he half-expected to be taken by Phoenix, Rain or Shine, or even TnT Katropa, whose owner, Manny V. Pangilinan, happens to be the major supporter of the San Beda basketball team.
But he has nothing against the teams which snubbed him, saying ending up with Alaska could just turn out to be a blessing in disguise.
“It’s a blessing to be here and be in a position where I can produce for the team and be part of a family organization,” stressed Potts. “As we move forward, it just adds more fire for me, more fire to show that I’m here.”
Proving himself is nothing new for Potts, recalling how former coach Jamike Jarin took a gamble on him and brought the Fil-Am to San Beda as a rookie.
He later became instrumental in bringing back the NCAA men’s basketball title to Mendiola, although he has played sparingly under current San Beda coach Boyet Fernandez.
“I have been in this situation a couple of times before, so I just keep on doing it, just proving them wrong,” he said. “All you need is an opportunity.”
And with Alaska, Potts hopes to find one.