December 15, 2018

Bigger heart outshines height for JP Calvo

HEIGHT may be might, but heart isn't measured by one's height.

That's certainly what JP Calvo did, outshining his fancied peers to emerge as the MVP in the 2018 Gatorade PBA Draft Combine.

Standing only 5-foot-7, Calvo is one of the shortest aspirants from the 47-man field.

But when everyone were looking at the bigs, the diminutive guard out of Letran took full advantage of the two-day tilt, boosting his stock with his steady playmaking and on-point sniping from the outside and in turn, piquing the interest of the coaches and scouts in attendance.

And for Calvo, there's really nothing more he could ask for.

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"Masaya naman ako kasi nakasali ako dito. Sa Sunday na yung drafting kaya kailangang i-treasure ko yung moment na ito kasi minsan lang ito eh. Nage-enjoy lang ako," he said.

Calvo, 21, knows that his stature doesn't really help his cause, especially with the teams on the lookout for frontcourt players.

However, he remains resolute, banking on his experience facing taller foes in the NCAA with the Knights and in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL) with Marikina Shoemasters.

"Siguro disadvantage talaga kasi maliit ako, pero sanay na ako. Sa NCAA, isa din ako sa pinakamaliit. Nakasanayan ko na makipag-compete sa ganitong sitwasyon at alam kong kaya ko naman," he said.

Knowing that he has already done everything in his power to make a good account of himself, Calvo is now leaving his fate up to the heavens on the 2018 PBA Gatorade Rookie Draft.

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"Praise God lang kung makukuha. Di ako nage-expect na makuha ako, pero sana makuha ako," said the Silay City, Negros Occidental native. "Ipapakita ko na worth it ako sa kanila." (RD)