Despite lack of playing time, Alaska coach Alex Compton thinks Davon Potts is the steal of the draft

ByAllan Lim


After two games in the ongoing 2018 Philippine Cup, Alaska rookie Davon Potts has yet to see action for the team that picked him in the 2nd round of the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft, 18th overall.

Potts, a former standout for the San Beda Red Lions in the NCAA, wasn’t fielded in by Aces coach Alex Compton in the team’s first 2 games, both of which ended up in a loss.

When pressed to comment on why Potts wasn’t given the chance to play, Compton pointed out that the Aces’ abundance of players in the same position made it difficult to insert the rookie in the rotation.

“We have so many players. Sometimes people forget that only five can play at one time, and when you’ve got 17 on your roster, it’s challenging,” said Compton in an interview with SPIN.ph.

Unlike Potts however, fellow rookie Jeron Teng was able to crack the rotation with ease. The 23-year old forward out for De La Salle University was part of the starting five against Magnolia and debuted with 16 points in 25 minutes of playing time. Teng was even better against TNT as he exploded for a team-high 28 points on top of 10 rebounds, 5 assists, 4 steals and a block.

Teng, along with Potts, is part of the Aces’ wing rotation which also includes Calvin Abueva, Kevin Racal, Carl Bryan Cruz and Ronald Pascual.

Despite the absence of playing time, Compton admits he sees a bright future for Potts.

“He’s a good kid with a lot of potential. I really like him and I think we got a steal.”

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