Joel Cagulangan broke out for College of St. Benilde-La Salle Greenhills in their championship run a year ago.
Now, he will get to place an MVP trophy alongside that title.
The Junior Blazers’ floor leader has been hailed as the top individual player in the NCAA 94 Juniors Basketball Tournament.
With per game counts of 18.7 points, 7.1 assists, 6.1 rebounds, and 2.1 steals as well as a 16-2 record in the elimination round, Cagulangan has only continued the stellar play that made him the country’s top point guard in all of high school according to the National Basketball Training Center.
He is the third player from LSGH to win the award in the last five years – following Prince Rivero and Troy Mallillin.
It should be noted, though, that Aaron Fermin actually topped the MVP race with 53.56 Player All-Around Value (PAV) compared to Cagulangan’s 52.24.
Because Arellano High School did not make the Final Four, however, the burly big man will not be getting the award despite averages of 15.6 points, 16.2 rebounds, and 1.2 blocks.
A year ago, Fermin also topped the MVP race, but the award went to Will Gozum of Mapua High School because the Braves also did not make it past the elimination round.
And so, for the second straight season, the 6-foot-5 center will have to settle for a place in the Mythical Team alongside MVP Cagulangan, Inand Fornilos (CSB-LSGH), Clint Escamis (Mapua High School), and Joshua David (CSB-LSGH).
As consolation, Fermin will also take home the Defensive Player of the Year.
Meanwhile, the Red Robins the Rookie of the Year as well in Jonnel Policarpio while Jose Rizal University High School has the Most Improved Player in John Amores.
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