Young Terrafirma wing Roosevelt Adams is eager to come out stronger in his second season as he continues to be one of the cornerstones for the retooled Dyip.
"I want to be more aggressive and consistent this upcoming season," confided Adams to ESPN5 Sunday.
Expectations were high for the College of Idaho alumnus after being selected first overall in the 2019 Draft. He went on to average 10.3 points, 6.8 rebounds, 4.3 assists, and 2.0 steals in nine games as Terrafirma finished dead last in the Philippine Cup.
While his numbers were decent for a first-year player, Adams has no plans of slowing down.
"I've learned how to take care of my body with what to put in it and with proper recovery," he stressed. "My body did not last towards the end of the 'bubble' season and I don't plan on having that happen again."
The controversial trade that sent CJ Perez, the Dyip's other young star, to San Miguel cast a dark light upon the franchise's seriousness to win. However, Adams feels the additions of 2021 Draft top pick Joshua Munzon and 6-10 big man James Laput are just the shot in the arm they needed.
"With the loss of CJ, there's going to be a lot us needing to step up on the offensive end. I want to become a better leader vocally," expressed the 27-year-old, who earned 2020 PBA All-Rookie Team honors. "I'm very excited to compete with these guys [Munzon and Laput]. They are the pieces that will have a strong impact."
In particular, the Fil-Am has no doubt that the 6-foot-4 Munzon will waste no time making his presence felt given his extensive experience in the Asean Basketball League, the Thailand Basketball League, as well as local and international 3x3 tournaments.
"Josh is a competitor. He has lots of experience. I'm just glad to have a chance to share the court with him," he remarked.
As for Laput, Adams is confident that their Fil-Aussie slotman can patrol the paint well.
"Bringing more size to the team is always great. Being able to control the paint offensive and defensively, that'll be his job," he said.