Oraeme surprised he won MVP over Jalalon
Paul Lintag on Oct 11, 2016 04:41 PM
Allwell Oraeme is the first player to repeat as NCAA MVP since Rommel Adducul back in the mid-1990s.
All is well for Mapua's Allwell Oraeme... somehow.
Despite missing the Finals again, the towering Cardinals big man secured his second straight NCAA Most Valuable Player award Tuesday, cementing his status as the top player in the country's oldest collegiate tournament.
Oraeme finished NCAA 92 with a total of 65.1 players all-around value (PAV) points after norming 15.8 points, 19.8 rebounds, 2.2 assists, and 2.3 blocks per game for the season, leading the Cardinals to the number 3 seed before losing to the Chiefs in the Final Four.
His closest challenger was Arellano's Jio Jalalon who averaged 21 points, 7.3 assists, 5.8 rebounds, and 2.2 steals for a total of 57.5 PAV.
"I wasn't focused on that [winning back-to-back MVPs], because I was trying to get to the finals. But I felt that my performance was good enough but I wasn't really focused on that," Oraeme said.
"I was surprised I won to be honest, I was like 'wow' because that was the last thing on my mind," the second-year player added who also became the first player since Rommel Aducul to win back-to-back MVP citations.
Aside from winning MVP, the Nigerian powerhouse also went back-to-back as the Defensive Player of the Year and member of the Mythical 5.
Joining Oraeme in the Mythical 5 selection is Jalalon, Perpetual's Bright Akhuetie, San Beda's Donal Tankoua, and EAC's Hamadoue Laminou.
Despite a season-ending injury, Tankoua still took the Most Improved Player award while Lyceum's Mike Nzeusseu was Rookie of the Year.
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