Right now, the goal for the Alaska Aces squad is to return to winning their winning form. After missing the playoffs by a slim margin last season, there’s no doubting the team’s will to win this time around.
A huge part of their rebuilding phase was to acquire rookies Jeron Teng and Davon Potts during the 2017 PBA Draft on October 29th, at the Robinsons Place in Manila. The Aces picked up Teng as their first-round fifth overall pick, while Potts was drafted later on during the second round.
Here’s PlayPH’s rundown on the newest members of the Alaska Aces:
For as long as local basketball fans can recall, Jeron Teng has always been the go-to man of every official team he’s played for. Since his days as a high school baller in Xavier, to his UAAP stint with La Salle, and the D-League, Teng isn’t one to shy away from the crucial moments.
When he got in touch with PlayPH, Teng said that this time he wants to take everything he’s learned all the way to the PBA. He says, “I will use them as tools to guide me in the PBA. I’m really a flexible player and I’m always willing to adjust and do what the team asks of me.”
Besides that, it’s his offensive power that really stands out. For starters, he’s huge for the forward position and can play inside out. During his brief D-League career, Teng developed a mid-range game that forced defenders to challenge him more often. And when they did, Teng did what he did best – blow by them and finish strong at the basket.
Now he’ll be more exciting to watch with the Aces uniform on him. Will he be able to live up to the expectations surrounding him? The chances are really high. After all, it’s all he’s done throughout his career.
“It’s really overwhelming because it’s always been my dream to become a PBA player. I thank God for this wonderful blessing and the entire Alaska family for believing in me,” says the former Green Archer.
As the 18th overall pick of the 2017 PBA Draft, Davon Potts couldn’t help but expect a higher draft position, but he says it’s actually a blessing in disguise.
The Fil-Am from San Beda told PlayPH that he would be the first from his lineage to become a pro-baller, “I’m doing this for my grandfather because he’s the one to introduced me to the PBA. I’m just glad to be here and be part of the whole Alaska winning culture.”
As early as now, Potts together with head coach Alex Compton have already projected the great potential their backcourt has, “…going strong at the basket with Jeron Teng and with Calvin Abueva, that’s going to be a lot of fun. That’ll be very exciting for us and the fans.”
Potts will look to provide Alaska with his excellent three-point shooting, the same ability that gave him the nickname “Mr. Fourth Quarter”. A quick fact: during the finals of the NCAA Season 92, Potts proved he was brave enough to take over, putting on a three-point frenzy that would eventually secure San Beda with a championship.
“They can expect me to be relentless, because I love to win. I’d do whatever it takes to win, that’s really what I set out to do,” he concludes.