Before, during, and after NCAA 94, Prince Eze is coach Frankie's MVP

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Oct 26, 2018 08:11 PM
In NCAA 94, Prince Eze is coach Frankie's MVP
Coach Frankie did nothing but make good on his preseason promise to Prince Eze

University of Perpetual Help has been booted out of the NCAA 94 Men’s Basketball Tournament.

However, Friday wasn’t the last appearance Prince Eze was making in wine and gold – if head coach Frankie Lim is to be believed. “MVP na! In the bag na! Pag hindi nag-MVP ito, nagkaroon ng anomalya,” he told reporters after their Final Four loss to San Beda University.

No official Statistical Points (SPs) have been released, but according to sources, the graduating big man has long been the frontrunner for the top individual player plum.

Numbers also seem to back up the Nigerian powerhouse as he has monster per game counts of 18.2 points, 16.5 rebounds, and 3.3 blocks as well as 11 wins in the elimination round under his belt.

And so, if he does go on to win MVP, all of it will just be a realization of his immense potential. “When I arrived, siya ang una kong kinausap e. Sabi ko, ‘I need your commitment here. I’m gonna give you the minutes and with the minutes I’m gonna give you, you’ll end up being the MVP,’” coach Frankie shared.

He then continued, “Kaya again, pag ito, hindi nag-MVP, parang nanalo yung pato sa sabungan.”

For the multi-titled mentor who’s in his first season in Las Pinas, the key to unlocking Eze as an MVP was pretty simple. “We just have to maximize him. We have a 6-10 guy who can help you in rebounds, blocks, and scoring, kailangang gamitin mo,” he said.

Along with that, coach Frankie said they also understood where their man in the middle was coming from. “You have to be reasonable with him because he plays a lot of minutes. You have to give him time to rest, time to recover kasi ‘di naman makina yan, tao yan e,” he said.

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