After #HakotSaNCAA, Oraeme sets sights on title for Mapua

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jun 22, 2016 03:54 PM
After #HakotSaNCAA, Oraeme sets sights on title for Mapua
CHAMPIONSHIP-DREAMING. Allwell Oraeme said he's already good with the individual honors he got a season ago and is now targeting team glory.

Following his #HakotSaNCAA last season, the question on everybody’s mind is, what’s next for Allwell Oraeme?

Mapua Institute of Technology’s Nigerian reinforcement was hailed as Most Valuable Player, Defensive Player of the Year, and Rookie of the Year in, of course, only his first season in the NCAA.

Having already won all the awards he was eligible for, the second-year center isn’t shying away from the challenge of ending the Cardinals’ 24-year title drought. As he put it, “We’re trying to win a championship this time around. That’s the goal now.”

With a championship all that is in his mind, Oraeme was quick to dismiss insinuations that he is set to outdo his own self this time around. Instead, he remains laser-focused on raising Mapua together with his teammates onto the next level.

Asked about statements by several coaches that the Cardinals are contenders all because they have perhaps the best center in college today, the 20-year-old modestly responded while also bringing back the focus to his team, “I’ll just say I’m the best rebounder. The rest, I don’t know.”

 

He then continued, “I’m really flattered to hear people call me the best center, but I’m just trying to help my team.”

To help his team, coach Atoy Co expects his prized ward to develop more of an offensive game and provide the inside presence to completely complement their stout shooting.

Complicating matters, however, the six-foot seven-inch main man apparently wants to extend his range as well. “Maraming beses na yung tinuturo namin, hindi niya ginagawa. Meron kasi siyang sariling move na gusto niya, ang gusto niya, parang Kobe Bryant,” he shared.

He then continued, “Pero ang laki-laki niya tapos fume-fadeaway.”

Obviously, it will take much, much more for Co to give up on an MVP-DPoY-RoY. “Mabait na bata. Ang gusto ko lang naman, madagdagan yung kaalaman niya,” he expressed.

For his part, however, Oraeme said he is well aware of the bigger challenge in front of him and is nothing but determined to take it head-on. Assuring the faithful in Intramuros, he said, “I’m taking more of a leadership role. When you’re the MVP, you have to show a lot more.”

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