2017 PBA Draft: Zero in on Davon Potts

Jojo Lastimosa is revered as one of the best shooting guards to set foot in the PBA.

 

Jolas started his ascent as part of Purefoods in 1988 and was once labelled as a high flyer. But when injuries began to pile up, Lastimosa successfully transitioned to a sharpshooter whose forte is to streak his shots especially when the game is on the line. Lastimosa opened up Alaska’s dream to chase the feats first accomplished by the Crispa Redmanizers (twice) and the San Miguel Beermen when they traded Elmer Cabahug for him.

 

And a couple of years later (with all the stars lined up), they were able to join these legendary squads in 1996.

 

I mean Jolas deserve the credit of helping the Milkmen win the grand slam… especially if you consider his Mr. Fourth Quarter moniker as evidence to their 90s dominance.

 

Anytime a player gets the Mr. Fourth Quarter tag, great things are in store for the fans of that player’s team.

 

This clip came from VC25’s Youtube Channel! 

 

When the PBA starts its 2017-18 season, we might have another Mr. Fourth Quarter in Davon Potts. The 6’2 guard/forward has mesmerized his opponents in both the NCAA and PBA D-League. He initially starred in Cal State-Northridge but after two years, he did a “reverse Japeth Aguilar” and finished school within the confines of the San Beda Red Lions (Japeth spent his first two years in the Philippines and finished school in the US). Under Boyet Fernandez, Potts developed into a complete player. Initially pegged as a mere shooter, he now sports a slasher mentality and his hard work levelled his defensive capabilities up. His quick release jump shot – whether facing the basket or otherwise – is a thing of beauty and is probably his main dish to serve once he threads his pro career. His development sent the Red Lions to title heaven last season and is on the verge of repeating this year.

 

He also played for San Beda’s D-League brother Cignal Hawkeyes and a couple of weeks ago, the team won the PBA D-League Foundation Cup against the Racal Tile Masters.

 

I see Potts as a first round pick. In terms of number though, it’s hard to say. With Bobby Ray Parks and I’m guessing Jason Brickman out the running, he’s probably going to be a top six pick. The verdict is out on whether or not Kiefer Ravena will join the 2017 PBA Draft. It’s good if Potts can bring his offense to the pros but if he can’t, it’s his improved defense that would give him the playing time. With Kia bent on Christian Standhardinger (or whatever player they can acquire… so they can trade it) and with Ravena, Jeron Teng, and Raymar Jose as possible top bets, Potts could play for Blackwater, Alaska, Phoenix, NLEX, and Meralco.

 

Sure, Potts’ is better off playing for the MVP squads but right now, Alaska has a SG/SF hole that he could definitely fill. Meralco drizzled its squad with up and comers that could send Potts to (somewhat) benchwarming hell. The Aces need another scoring option ever since they ridiculously lost Cyrus Baguio and RJ Jazul to the Phoenix Fuel Masters.

 

The 2017 PBA Draft is going to be awesome for a lot of people… Davon Potts included. As far as preparations went, what Potts had is almost perfect. He is a Fil-Am scorer that every coach salivates upon. He has a pro level swagger especially when hitting the clutch baskets. And then he is virtually going to finish his amateur career with a slew of championships.

 

Hell, don’t get surprised if Davon Potts gets called as the draft’s third pick overall.

 

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