MJ Rhett insisted his spot in Blackwater has always been safe despite a so-so performance early in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.
The Elite import has slowly but surely improved in his first three games and played his best game for the sophomore team on Friday when he put up a triple-double of 18 points, 21 boards, and 10 assists, on top of two blocks and one steal in 45 minutes in their 107-101 win over Alaska.
“I feel like it was always secure,” Rhett said. “Coach and the organization just want me to play better. My first game wasn't so good. Being the import, I know their expectations, so I just got to keep on bringing it.”
“I told him to just be patient with me,” the 23-year-old forward added. “I'll keep learning, keep getting better and that's what I'm doing.”
Despite Rhett’s improvement, Elite coach Leo Isaac said his ward’s offensive aggression still leaves something to be desired.
“Tingin ko meron pa (ibubuga) eh, kasi yung hinihingi namin sa kanya, hindi niya pa rin nabibigay ng husto,” Isaac said. “We’ve been asking him to be more dominant, but ang inaano niya is: he’ll get to play along with regards to situations as long as our heads are above water.”
Rhett said he doesn’t want to be known as a ball-dominant import.
“I want to be an all-around guy,” he said. “I don't want to be the guy who scores thirty points a night. I want to do everything, I like to share the ball, get my teammates involved, and make my teammates happy.”
With his current play, the 6-foot-9 cager is hoping he’ll be getting a second look from NBA scouts after going undrafted in 2015.
“I hope so,” the Tennessee State product said. “I'm happy here because I'm getting the opportunity.”
“I was kind of mad (over not getting drafted),” he added. “I felt I had the chance, I felt I had the right pieces to help a team out. It is what it is. God has his own plan so I'm just going to continue to work.”