FOR two seasons, John Wilson has been a frozen talent and couldn’t get some time to play in all the teams he played for.
The journeyman deadshot gunner finally decided it’s time to move out of the PBA and showcase his skills in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League where he will the opportunity to prove his worth.
During the 2015-2016 season, Wilson saw action in just 13 games the entire season, averaging 11.5 minutes per game.
That was the last time the former Jose Rizal University, a first round draftee of the Barangay Ginebra Gin Kings in 2010, had enjoyed significant minutes.
For someone who loves playing inside the court, Wilson felt a career move in the MPBL is necessary.
“I miss playing a lot. Na-miss ko talaga. Three years yata na hindi ako nakakapaglaro ng maayos. Kung gamitin lang ako five minutes, six minutes. Dito, binigyan ako ng role ni Coach Randy (Alcantara). Tini-take ko lang na blessing itong opportunity na ito,” Wilson told FOX Sports Philippines in an exclusive interview.
Now given the opportunity to play, Wilson made sure he’ll be in his best shape so when the time comes he’s needed, he’ll make sure he’ll deliver.
“Ngayon ginagamit na ako, I’ll make sure na hindi ako magpapabaya,” added Wilson. “Nagi-extra shooting ako, nag-extra workout. Dati pa namang routine yun, kaya lang kaibahan ngayon, magagamit ko na siya.”
Wilson will be one among the few ex-PBA players seeing action for the San Juan Knights, an expansion team in the MPBL, which is making a comeback in the regional basketball scene.
Aside from Wilson, other ex-PBA players playing for the Knights are Mac Cardona, Larry Rodriguez, Jam Cortes and Samboy de Leon.