LPU’s CJ Perez proves his worth as NCAA MVP
From out of the spotlight to back under the brightest lights, CJ Perez has done nothing but come through for Lyceum of the Philippines University.
And for stuffing the stat sheet all while leading the Pirates to a perfect elimination round, Perez is the no-brainer Most Valuable Player for the NCAA 93 Men’s Basketball Tournament.
The 23-year-old averaged 19.3 points in 45.1 percent shooting on top of 6.5 rebound, 3.6 assists, and 1.9 steals through the 18 wins in 18 games of the Intramuros-based squad.
Without a doubt, those were more than enough to hold off other contenders in teammate Mike Nzeusseu, University of Perpetual Help’s Prince Eze, San Beda College’s Javee Mocon, and Emilio Aguinaldo College’s Sidney Onwubere.
However, Perez made it clear that there is only one trophy he wants to raise. “Yung individual, bonus lang po talaga yun. Championship po talaga ang goal namin,” he said after winning the MVP on Friday at the Araneta Coliseum.
He and his crew try to do just that in the best-of-three championship series against the Red Lions.
Nonetheless, the top individual honor is proof that the Pangasinan native made the right decision in finding a new home in LPU.
Perez played for San Sebastian College-Recoletos for two seasons before transferring and spending 2015 to 2016 in Ateneo.
With his time in Katipunan not working out, however, he reunited with former mentor Topex Robinson now for the Pirates.
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