Despite being named as the Most Improved Player in the recently concluded 2020 PBA Philippine Cup, Prince Caperal admitted that there’s still a lot of work to be done in order to become a more complete player.
The 27-year old Brgy. Ginebra big man, who will be entering his 8th season in the league, bagged the award over a strong field which included Justin Chua (Phoenix Pulse), Raul Soyud (NLEX), Reynel Hugnatan (Meralco), Javee Mocon (Rain or Shine), and Jason Perkins (Phoenix Pulse).
“It doesn’t stop there. Masaya ako na nakuha ko yung award. Pero work pa rin talaga to push myself to do better,” said Caperal who disclosed that he didn’t expect to win anything during the awards night.
“Nagulat lang talaga ako. Kaya pagka-announce, sabi ko ‘seryoso ba talaga’. Pero lahat naman ng nominated para sa award ay deserving din talaga, kaya happy ako na ako ang napili,” he said.
Going into the league bubble in Clark, Pampanga, the 17th overall pick of the 2014 draft said that his focus was on filling the vacuum created by the absence of starting center Greg Slaughter who suddenly left for the US without signing a new contract.
“Ginawa ko yung trabaho ko. Kaya nag-ready ako nung lockdown, nagworkout talaga ako,” said Caperal prior to the restart of the shortened season.
The effort did not go for naught as the 6-foot-7 product of Arellano University became an integral part of a successful title crown which ended the Gin Kings’ 13-year title drought in the All-Filipino conference.
“I’m happy naman na maganda yung kinalabasan. Marami pa ring things that I have to improve on,” said Caperal.