Davon Potts eager to show he belongs after signing two-year deal with Alaska Aces
Davon Potts was all smiles after signing a two-year rookie deal with Alaska. Photo from Alaska Aces Instagram account

AFTER helping San Beda win a second straight NCAA men’s basketball championship, Davon Potts hopes to do the same thing with the Alaska Aces in the PBA.

The 24-year-old guard officially joined the Aces family when he and fellow rookie draftee Jeron Teng were signed to multi-year deals by the franchise on Wednesday.

Alaska alternate governor and team manager Dickie Bachmann led the simple formal contract signing.

Teng, the fifth overall pick in the last draft, signed a three-year, max deal worth P8.5 million.

The deal given to Potts was not as lucrative as that of Teng, but the Aces obviously have complete trust in him as he was offered a two-year contract.

That's not bad for someone taken midway in the second round (18th overall) of the draft, who managed to receive a longer pact than players selected ahead of him such as Mark Tallo, Jett Manuel, Joseph Gabayni, and Emil Palma (each signed to a one-year contract).

But the figures do not matter for the San Beda star, who’s ready to prove he’s far better than what his draft position suggests he is.

“I want to thank Boss Dickie, the whole Alaska organization. I want to help the Aces and try to win a championship in the near future,” he said after the contract-signing. “Also I want to become a part of the brotherhood of Alaska.”

Potts, who was personally scouted and convinced by former college coach Jamike Jarin to suit up for the Red Lions, also sees himself fitting well under coach Alex Compton’s system.

“It will be exciting playing for coach Alex because it’s an uptempo system that I’m familiar with,” said the native of Cerritos, California. “My teammates compete each day in practice to make each other better, and we have each other’s back on and off the court.”

Finally playing in Asia’s first ever play-for-pay league is also a dream come true for Potts, who wants to inspire the Filipino youth about taking the game of basketball in whatever which way he can.

“It’s a blessing. This is a new beginning,” he admitted.

“I want to thank my family back in LA, my family in Cavite. More so, it’s for the youth, all those that looked up to me to know that they inspire me as well,” Potts added. “I want to thank them for making me not only a better basketball player, but a better person because without their support, I wouldn’t be where I am today.” 


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