After unexpected MVP season, Thompson eyes title this time around

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jun 22, 2015 08:26 PM
After unexpected MVP, Thompson eyes title this time around
YOU SHOULD KNOW SCOTTIE THOMPSON. It's a real shame that collegiate fans will only be able to witness reigning NCAA MVP Scottie Thompson's brilliance for one more year before he heads for the professional ranks.

From Davao del Sur to the southernmost city in Metro Manila, Scottie Thompson looks to be headed nowhere but up.

Once a little known do-it-all player for his region in the Palarong Pambansa, Thompson made all the headlines last season when he led the University of Perpetual Help in rebounds (11.4), assists (5.8), and steals (1.7) all while serving as their second-best scorer (17.4). For his breakout season, the 21-year-old delivered Las Pinas its first NCAA MVP trophy since 2000.

Thompson only built on his stellar NCAA season as he played an integral role in Hapee’s D-League Aspirants Cup championship and then the Philippines’ gold medal finish in the Southeast Asian Games.

The entry of Aric del Rosario as the guiding force behind the Altas took the reigning NCAA MVP’s game to the superb level it is on now following a solid yet unspectacular first three seasons. Trying to pinpoint the exact magic trick del Rosario played on him, Thompson said, “Magaling siyang magbigay ng kumpyansa sa bawat player.”

However, even with his self-confidence and the push that del Rosario granted him, Thompson admitted that winning the greatest individual prize last season was far from his mind and even called it “sobrang unexpected.”

The MVP remains a distant thought for Thompson as he gears up to put out all of his heart into capping off his collegiate career with a title. “Hindi ko naman inaasahan yung mga MVP. Basta trabaho lang kasi championship naman talaga ang goal namin ngayon,” he told ABS-CBN Sports.

He then added, “Ako, gutom na gutom talagang mapanalunan lahat kasi last season ko na.”

Satisfying his hunger is by no means easier with five-time champion San Beda remaining intact and several other squads fortifying their lineups. The biggest difficulty may well even be in his own backyard as the graduation of Harold Arboleda and Juneric Baloria have left Thompson as the de facto face and leader of Perpetual.

Nakaka-pressure ngayon na wala nang Arboleda at Baloria kaya kelangan kong magampanan yung leadership role,” Thompson shared.

His promise to Las Pinas was as humble as ever by saying, “Hindi pa ako masyadong handa, pero paghahandaan ko at magiging handa ako.”

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