#SLAMRisingStars 2019: Joshua David of Team Punks is the master of adjustments

Written by Jonash Dannug

In his very young career, Joshua David has already faced so many different scenarios which has forced him to adjust.

Standing six-foot tall, Joshua was recruited by LSGH when he was only 13-years old. As a kid from Pampanga who was being recruited by one of the top high-school programs in Manila means one thing – pack your bags, there’s a new home for now.

“Big adjustments po sa akin ‘yun kasi malayo din po sa family pero need po mag sacrifice po talaga para maabot ‘yung pangarap and ang pangit naman po tignan kung babalik po [ako] sa Pampanga na dahil sumuko [lang],” said Joshua.

“Saka nandiyan naman po lagi ‘yung family ko na laging sumusuporta, sila po ‘yung motivation ko,” he added.

Besides adjusting to a new home, David also found out that he needed to adjust his playing style. During his younger years, Joshua used to play the four and five spots despite his lack of height.

The Pampanga stable, as called by a few, produced the likes of Arwind Santos and Calvin Abueva. Hard-nosed players who can bang with anyone, no matter the height. Joshua embodied the same kind of toughness, playing inside even if his height dictated otherwise.

However, Joshua’s inside play in Pampanga will not work against the taller players in the Manila. So, in order for him to jell, he adjusted to a style of play which will suit his height.

“Nahirapan po [ako], pero need ko mag adjust para maging guard. Tinuruan nila ako sa dribbling and shooting,” he said. “Komportable naman po kasi parang nag pa-pay off naman ‘yung mga pinagtrabahuhan ko and tulong ng mga coaches dito.”

Now, Joshua is one of the top-gunners in the NCAA high school scene. He still has his Pampanga toughness but added to it a more polished skillset thanks to his teachers in Manila. Because of that, Joshua is one of the most versatile scorers in high school.

His improvements didn’t unnoticed He was named a member Season 94’s Mythical team and was ranked as part of the top 20 high school players in the country.

It may have been difficult at first. But Joshua persevered proved that he can adjust to every circumstances he faces now and in the future.

The SLAM Rising Stars Classic will be held on March 31, 7PM to 9PM, at the Gatorade Hoops Center in Mandaluyong. The game will be aired on ABS-CBN Sports via livestream.

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