Title:Giddy Potts wants to make a name for himself with Raptors
Date: July 12, 2018
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I wrote about Raptors Summer League player Giddy Potts, who wants to make sure people remember his unusual name.
On a recruiting trip at Middle Tennessee State back before he committed, Giddy Potts was asked a fairly simple question. When his time at Middle Tennessee State, or wherever he wound up, concluded, what did he hope to do? It’s the type of question even non-athlete student applicants get asked, a staple of interviews and, in most cases, a fairly superficial career-oriented answer. Even as he went through a recruiting process a little light on interest – Potts was not ranked as a Class of 2014 recruit – Potts had bigger ideas.
“‘I’mma make a name for myself,’” Potts recalls now, from NBA Summer League in Las Vegas. “I said, ‘This name right here is gonna be one of the top names in the country. They were like, ‘Are you serious?’ I said, ‘For sure.’ And we’re here now. So I guess that name is kinda big. I said four years ago, I really came a long way and got this name where it’s supposed to be.”
His name, of course, is what first catches people’s attention. It’s hard not to enjoy a handle like Giddy, and Potts’ personality matches the nickname. He is always heavy on energy and positivity, with a bright smile, a deep, hearty laugh and a spirited style of play. If Potts is able to make a name for himself, as he intends, it will be an easy one to remember.