WHILE the rookie hopefuls waited for their names to be called in the PBA Draft on Sunday, courtside reporter Rizza Diaz felt double the tension.
Diaz, who has been with the PBA for four years now, should already be used to the draft’s tension-filled environment, but her anxiety comes from the point of view of being one of the newest members of the PBA WAGs (wives and girlfriends).
The former National University courtside reporter in the UAAP is the girlfriend of Davon Potts, who was chosen by Alaska as the sixth pick in the second round.
"I was really nervous. Lahat ng santo natawag ko," shared Diaz. "And though we expected to have him picked earlier, it was God's plan na mapunta siya sa Alaska."
"He had a dream months ago Aces nag-pick sa kanya and it all came true," she added. "He will not only be a better player in the Aces system but he will be a better man."
When Potts was finally called, Diaz flashed her sweet smile as the charming basketball insider and supportive girlfriend to the San Beda standout was relieved to see the hardwork of her boyfriend rewarded.
"I'm super happy. I see him everyday waking up going to practice at 6 a.m. for he is super hardworking. Literal na first in, last out sa gym," she said. "What sets him apart is his heart, he is willing to sacrifice for the greater good kaya lahat ng teams niya dito champion, from San Beda (in the NCAA) to Cignal (sa PBA D-League)."
The anxiety, though, never stops here for Diaz with Potts now in the PBA.
"Baka 'di ako maka-concentrate pag in-interview ko, matawag ko na 'love'," she said with a chuckle. "But seriously we are both professionals. Work is work. We will always support each other. It will be fun. I can't wait."