D-League champ Perkins back on cloud nine after down year in DLSU

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Apr 13, 2017 06:54 PM
D-League champ Perkins back on cloud nine after down year
NEW GROOVE. Jason Perkins is back to balling with a strong stint with Cignal in the PBA D-League.

Cignal’s championship in the 2017 PBA D-League Aspirants Cup was powered mostly by the stars of San Beda College.

Throughout the tournament, however, it was a recruit from Taft Avenue who stood the pillar for the Hawkeyes.

Finding himself in another title team three months after De La Salle University won it all in the UAAP, Perkins was nothing but in awe. “Man, this feeling is so crazy. At the same time, it’s ironic because I did not know what God has for me,” he expressed.

He then continued, “I ended up back inside the court and I was just happy to be with a team. Then I ended up getting a championship.”

Much of his awe came from the fact that, before the season began, he was having difficulty believing he still had it in him. As he put it, “Coming out of La Salle, my confidence was really not high – obviously.”

Playing his final year in the UAAP for the fully-loaded Green Archers, the Filipino-American had a tough time cracking coach Aldin Ayo’s demanding rotation.

He only saw action in eight games and normed 4.3 points and 3.3 rebounds – numbers that, without a doubt, are far from what the former Mythical selection is capable of.

Fast forward to donning the black and red for the Hawkeyes and Perkins has reworked himself into a focal point on offense as well as a solid presence as a defender. Having averaged 13.5 points and nine rebounds, he was, without a doubt, a key cog in the championship.

According to the six-foot-three forward, all of it was thanks to his newfound family. “Coach Boyet (Fernandez) instilled a lot of confidence in me. I appreciate that a lot because that’s what I needed,” he said.

He then continued, “I also really appreciate my teammates because they pushed me to work harder. I learned so much from them and they helped me grow.”

Now he had gotten his groove again, Perkins is back to believing he could do anything – he’s just not sure what exactly is next for him. “I’ll probably have to figure things out because, to be honest with you, I’m not too sure. Maybe D-League again?” he said.

He then continued, through chuckles, “But definitely no retirement.”

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