Little-known JP Calvo plays big in PBA Draft Combine

Danine Cruz on Dec 13, 2018 06:46 PM
Little-known JP Calvo plays big in PBA Draft Combine
"Kailangan ko magpakita dahil maliit ako." -- JP Calvo (Photo courtesy of PBA Media Bureau)

The PBA Draft Combine may be just for formality purposes for consensus big names and first round picks, but for players under the radar like JP Calvo, it is a very important stage to showcase their arsenal to the scouts present.

The former Letran Knight Calvo valued the Combine so much that he finished the two-day event as the MVP after pacing the Combine champions aA-2 with 23 points.

He was the anchor of his team after shooting the lights out with 11 points in the first quarter alone. He continued to contribute offensively all game long both by taking shots and setting up his teammates.

"Actually, hindi ko expect yung [pagka-MVP ko]. Siguro yun nga, binigay talaga sa akin ni Lord ito. Talagang nag-prepare ako para sa itong draft na ito. So yun, siguro kaya maganda din ang pinakita ko," shared the court general.

The 5-foot-8 point guard expressed that it is his limitation vertically that inspired him to shine during the event.

"Siyempre sobrang importante para sa akin, kasi nga maliit ako eh. So kailangan ko magpakita, dahil maliit ako, so ginawa ko lang kung ano ang advantage ko para [umangat ako sa mga] kalaban," shared Calvo.

Calvo honed his skills in Letran since his high school days and continued to be a reliable point guard up to his last year in the NCAA seniors. On Sunday, Calvo hopes to bring his talent to the next level that is the PBA.

"Hindi ko na iniisip [pang-ilan ako mapi-pick]. Yung iniisip ko lang kung saan ako mapupunta at makapirma. Yun lang, di ko iniisip na ganyan, No. 1, No. 2. Ang importante lang ma-pick ako, okay na sa akin," he added.

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