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Javee Mocon wishing he could play for his ‘childhood hero’ Norman Black



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Ever since he was a wide-eyed high school prospect, Javee Mocon was always fascinated with how decorated head coach Norman Black does things.

From winning five straight titles with the Ateneo Blue Eagles, to the way he turned around the fortunes Meralco Bolts franchise, Mocon – who himself is a four-time NCAA Seniors Basketball champion – has wished that one day he could be under Black’s tutelage.

On Sunday, the 23-year-old product of San Beda will have a chance to work with one of his heroes. Of course, that depends on the luck of the draw, as the Bolts hold the fifth overall pick in the 2018 PBA Rookie Draft.

“I really like TNT, especially nung nagko-coach pa si Norman Black and now na Meralco na siya,” disclosed Mocon during the Draft Combine.


Mocon might be what the doctor ordered for the Bolts. Standing at 6-foot-4, the sweet-shooting forward is also an underrated rebounder and creator – definitely an asset to the Bolts, who are known to struggle during the All-Filipino conference of the league.

But even if Meralco choose to look the other way and stack themselves with more guards, the NCAA Season 94 Seniors Basketball Finals Most Valuable Player knows that he can adjust to any system.

“Sobrang excited ako. Actually, nakakatakot din kasi hindi mo alam kung saang team ka mapupunta or fit ka ba sa system nila,” admitted the native of Taytay, Rizal, who is a proven winner.

“Pero nonetheless, lahat naman ng humps sa buhay ko napagdaanan ko na. And I think madali naman akong makaka-adjust.”

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