MANILA, Philippines—After ending his collegiate career with a title, former San Beda forward Javee Mocon heads into the draft process brimming with confidence.
Mocon earned finals MVP honors after helping San Beda defeat the Lyceum Pirates in the NCAA Season 94 finals, in what was the Red Lions' third title in a row. The versatile forward ended his NCAA career with four championships.
He said he believes this personal history of winning will work in his favor as he enters the next phase of his basketball career.
"Ang edge ko siguro sa lahat ng draftees this year, we're a champion team," Mocon said on Wednesday, as he participated in the draft combine at the Gatorade Hoops Center.
"Galing ako sa champion team, hindi ako nagka-crack under pressure."
Mocon bared that he has already practiced with Phoenix and Meralco, and received good feedback from both teams. "I think napakita ko naman 'yung ability ko, at saka 'yung kaya ko ibigay sa table," he said.
However, Mocon is also aware that everything is up in the air.
"Hindi mo talaga malalaman until draft day," he said. "Teams are inviting me to practice, pero wala naman silang sinasabi. So feeling ko, unsure pa rin sila sa mga decisions nila."
Mocon is currently projected to be a mid-first round pick, with Phoenix, Meralco, and Rain Or Shine all possible landing spots for the San Beda product.
Regardless of where he ends up, however, Mocon knows there will be some adjustment needed. He played almost exclusively at power forward for most of his stint with the Red Lions, but at 6-foot-3 he is a tad undersized for that position in the PBA.
He said he is ready to do the work necessary.
"My whole life, I've been adjusting with my career," said Mocon, who also spent his high school years at San Beda.
"Starting high school pa lang, I played 5, then eventually 4, 3. Kaya naman lahat," he assured. "Basta si Lord na bahala, and hopefully, mapunta ako sa magandang team."
"Wala namang magbabago sa akin," he also said. "I just have to work hard, and know my role. Just ready kung ano 'yung ibibigay ng coach sa akin."
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