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Davon Potts says not being renewed by Alaska ‘a blessing in disguise’
by Niel Victor Masoy, August 10, 2019 11:47pm
Davon Potts’ Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) career has just taken a different turn.
This, after the 6-foot-1 Filipino-American guard learned that the Alaska Aces’ management would not renew his two-year contract which is about to end this August 31.
Potts - the 18th overall pick in the 2017 Rookie Draft - actually knew this one was coming.
“I had a meeting with coach Alex (Compton) at a coffee shop on Tuesday at 12:30 pm. He basically said that he had a talk with Boss Fred (Uytengsu) and Boss Dicky (Bachman) that they wouldn't renew me this coming August 31st,” said Potts in a chat with Courtside Philippines.
“My initial reaction was, I knew it was coming since I already had a meeting with Alex Compton 2 months before asking what direction was I going with the program.
“So of course, that kind of made things awkward 2 months ago when I said I was open to other options outside of Alaska. I just wanted to at least have an opportunity.”
But the former San Beda University (SBU) Red Lion is taking things in stride. He shared that he considers not being renewed by the Aces management as a blessing in disguise.
That is because the real people who truly believe in him showed up. After Potts posted his thank you message to Alaska via his Facebook account on Thursday, fans, coaches, and other PBA players reached out to him.
“It's really a blessing in disguise that this happened honestly,” said Potts.
“The support I got from the fans showed me that they knew all along what I could do, it was a matter of would I get the opportunity. It just shows that the ones who have followed me know… It was just a matter of time.”
Jamike Jarin - Potts’ coach in San Beda - and PBA players like Jason Perkins, Robbie Herndon, Andreas Cahilig, and Ping Exciminiano came out to show him some love.
“Coach Jamike and some PBA players from different teams - Robbie Herndon, Rome dela Rosa, Simon Enciso, Jayvee Casio, Andreas Cahilig, Jason Perkins, Jake Pascual, Ping Exciminiano...those are few names at the top of my head (who reached out to me)”
Potts added there wasn't any bad blood at all parting ways with Alaska. He said the Aces management actually wanted him to find a new home where he could unleash his full potential.
Obviously, that’s something he wasn’t able to do with Alaska as he was given spot minutes only. Heck, there were a lot of games where he didn’t see action at all.
“It was actually mutual. Both sides were happy. In all fairness they wanted me to find a home where it can build a future. Alaska already had the pieces before I got drafted there. Those guys were more veteran and knew the system longer than I did.”
Now as a free agent, Potts wants to really take his time. He wants to be patient. He wants to make sure that he will come to a new team which will give him a shot of showcasing that deadly form he used to show when he was still playing in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).
“I'm really taking my time this time around because I really want to be confident going into a program that sees the success in the future,” said Potts.
“So right now I’m staying patient, weighing my options and waiting for the teams to come back from vacation.”
Potts shared he is open to joining all of the teams but insisted that he wants that opportunity and that system which will complement his style of play.
“I’m open to all teams. I have a few (preferred teams) of course specifically, but I can't reject the other teams. It all has to be a fit of course,” he said.
“I'm just looking for an opportunity. Success doesn't happen overnight, it's a process. And as long as both sides are confident in the process, then it'll contribute to the long term goal to try and win a championship.”
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