IT was a far different situation for Jason Perkins, a key cog turned bit player, but he says the decision to play his final year of eligibility with La Salle was worth it.
Perkins is a UAAP champion anew and that’s what matters, he said, as La Salle claimed the UAAP Season 79 title with a series sweep of archrival Ateneo.
“Definitely, it’s worth it,” said Perkins. “I know that God has a plan for me. This is another stop He had for me. I’m happy I came back. I learned a lot.”
One of the main men in La Salle’s title championship run three years ago with a performance he capped with a double double of 13 points and 18 rebounds in the title clincher against University of Sto. Tomas, Perkins had to take a hugely reduced role this time.
He averaged only 4.3 points and 4.4 rebounds, appearing in only eight games this year and capping his stint with four points, two rebounds, one assist, and two blocks in an off-the-bench role for the Archers in the title-clinching Game Two win over the Eagles.
Perkins said he didn't mind.
“It’s okay. I just want to win. Whether I score zero points, 15 points, play big minutes or not, I’m a competitor. As long as we win, I’m fine with that,” said Perkins.
Holding off plans to move to the PBA, it was only this summer that Perkins confirmed he was rejoining the Archers for Season 79.
That meant he was several months behind as the Archers shifted to the system of coach Aldin Ayo, who was hired in December. Perkins also was not able to see action in La Salle's season opener due to a knee problem.