Whatever happened to two-time NCAA MVP Allwell Oraeme?

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jun 28, 2018 06:33 PM
Whatever happened to two-time NCAA MVP Allwell Oraeme?
According to head coach Atoy Co, Allwell Oraeme had expressed interest to play again for Mapua

Alwell Oraeme, without a doubt, dominated in his two years in the NCAA.

Averaging 16.3 points, 20.3 rebounds, and 2.9 blocks in Season 91 and 15.8 markers, 19.8 boards, and 2.3 rejections in Season 92, Mapua University’s Nigerian powerhouse was the hands-down MVP in back-to-back years.

Early last year, however, Oraeme had a falling out of sorts with Cardinals mentor Atoy Co.

“Wala nang Oraeme (sa Mapua),” Co said last April 2017.

Since then, the 6-foot-8 center’s whereabouts have been a mystery.

Now, however, it looks like somebody finally has an answer to the question, “Where is Allwell Oraeme?”

And, ironically, it’s coach Atoy himself who has the answer. “I heard he’s in Florida now,” he told reporters in their visit to their campus in Intramuros on Thursday.

According to the always amiable mentor, Oraeme had been sending out feelers that he is hoping to return. As he put it, “Meron siyang mga pasabi, hindi sa akin, pero nakakarating sa akin, na may kinakausap siyang tao rito na gusto niyang bumalik.”

For Co, that would be a welcome development for a Mapua side hoping for a return to relevance in the looming NCAA Season 94. “Kung gusto niyang bumalik, wala namang problema. Alam ko namang kailangan ko siya sa team,” he remarked.

However, another misunderstanding has emerged in the relationship of coach Atoy and Allwell. “Gusto niya na bayaran namin yung airfare. Sa akin, wala namang problema yun kasi magkano lang ba airfare,” the former shared.

He then continued, “Kaya nga lang, kung willing ka talagang bumalik, bumili ka ng sarili mong airfare para ipakita mo na in good (faith) na willing kang bumalik.”

In the end, Co said that Oraeme has yet again proven that he does not value their relationship. “Ang gulo niyang kausap. Una sa lahat, hindi makatotohanan yung sinabi niya sa amin. Sabi niya, magpapahinga raw, pero yun pala, may balak siyang iba,” he said.

Finally, the Cardinals mentor revealed the real reason for the departure of the two-time NCAA MVP. “In January (2017), he begged off, nakikiusap kung pwede siya mag-rest to heal yung injury sa legs niya. I said we’ll see and kung talagang ‘di ka makaka-recover, I will let you rest,” he said.

He then continued, “Pero hindi pala yun ang katotohanan. Meron siyang girlfriend na nabuntis niya. Tamang-tama, yung girlfriend, American citizen na nagwo-work sa US Embassy and that’s why he was able to get a US visa.”

If Mapua head coach Atoy Co is to be believed, Allwell Oraeme is in Florida.

Until Allwell Oraeme himself comes out of hiding, though, nobody could be certain about that.

What’s sure is that Mapua looks like the last of places the Nigerian powerhouse would be in – if ever he surfaces in the Philippines.

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