MVP race leader Oraeme says you shouldn’t be scared of him

Tricia Robredo on Sep 08, 2015 04:44 PM
MVP race leader Oraeme says you shouldn’t be scared of him
PUTTING THE WORK IN. Even with daily classes from 12:00 PM to 9:00 PM, first-year player Allwell Oraeme is still pacing the MVP race.

In one of his post-game interviews, Mapua Institute of Technology captain Josan Nimes referred to Nigerian Allwell Oraeme as a beast of their own.

While it was intended as a compliment, Allwell shared that he is actually not as terrifying as he appears to be. “I’m probably a little more aggressive, but I don’t think I’m scary. I’m a human beings (sic) too,” he told ABS-CBN Sports.

He also added, “It’s just a perception. I myself get scared during games, but I try not to let it show because my attitude is that we can’t lose.”

In the most crucial stretch of the season, the Cardinals already have six wins under their belt – so much of an improvement from their four-win, last place finish the previous year. Allwell has been a big factor the season hosts’ campaign and, in fact, is leading the MVP race.

“From the get go, they already told me that they wanted me to become a big part both on offense and defense. I took this as a challenge to get better every day, to do my best in practice, and to give my 100 percent during games,” he said.

Allwell shared that he actually started with basketball quite late (being a football player all his life) which is why he puts in extra effort. “I train hard. I eat right. I think about what I’m going to do and really try to execute once I’m inside the court,” he said.

Of course, it’s no easy feat, especially when you’re in an engineering school like Mapua. Before shifting to Business Administration, Allwell was an Electrical Engineering major and although he gets to manage his priorities a little easier this time around, his schedule isn’t any less crazy.

“My (class) schedule is usually from 12:00 noon to 9:00 in the evening. I take a lot of subjects just to be eligible to play for the NCAA,” he shared. Oraeme then continued, “After training, I take a shower and go straight to Makati from Intramuros just to get my classes.”

Allwell Oraeme also said that he doesn’t really have a life outside of basketball and school. However, this has been a personal decision he doesn’t regret making as he said, “I’m here to study and play, and be the best I could be. It’s tiring but it’s worth it.”

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