Scottie Thompson: No rest for the MVP

Tricia Robredo on Jul 04, 2015 10:29 AM
Scottie Thompson: No rest for the MVP
REST IS FOR THE WEAK. D-League competition, Gilas cadets duty, and now Perpetual's season - through it all, Scottie Thompson is still his versatile, tireless self.

Athletes usually spend the offseason to rest, recover, and recharge for their respective leagues, but University of Perpetual Help's Scottie Thompson actually entered the season very fatigued.

After representing the country in the Southeast Asian Games and then competing in the PBA D-League Finals shortly after, Scottie barely had time to catch his breath. Although the Altas would have given him a break if he asked, he still chose not to.

With Perpetual on a mission to top last year's semifinals finish, there can be no pause on the determination; not even for Thompson who has already earned several feathers for his hat over the past couple of months.

Scottie shared that his experience in the semi-professional stage and exposure in the international arena helped him mature and toughen up. While it may be an advantage, he also acknowledges that playing in the collegiate level is still very different as he said, "Bago nga magsimula yung season, four practices palang ako (with Perpetual). Kaya medyo nangapa pa ako."

Regardless, it seems like he already has his rhythm down pat with a first game rescuing the Altas from gutsy Lyceum of the Philippines University and then a second game finishing with a triple-double against College of St. Benilde. However, Thompson believes that there’s still a lot he needs to improve on.

The eagerness to learn and become more is one of Scottie Thompson's most endearing qualities. This certainly comes in handy now that he's trying to lead what they hope would be a more competitive team to a more successful campaign.

The Perpetual Altas still have a long way to go and settling is definitely not an option. "Marami pang kailangan trabahuhin pero sana maabot din namin yun," Thompson said.


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