DLSU's Mbala muscles way into first Player of the Week plum
De La Salle University’s first two games went exactly the way most people envisioned them prior to the season.
To say that the Green Archers' highly-anticipated recruit in Ben Mbala had a huge hand in making it happen might be a quite the understatement.
The six-foot-eight Cameroonian has definitely lived up to his hype so far in powering DLSU to victories versus defending champion Far Eastern University and veteran University of the Philippines in the league's opening week.
His dominant showing in both games earned him the first ACCEL Quantum/3XVI-UAAP Press Corps Player of the Week honors for the season.
During that stretch, Mbala posted averages of 21.5 points, 18.5 rebounds, three blocks, and already a season's worth of highlighs as he displayed the eagerness one could expect from a man who has watched the UAAP from the sidelines over the past three years.
And by the looks of it, Mbala is only beginning to scratch the surface of his potential. "I'm still a work in progress. I can't say that I’m already satisfied with my game," said Mbala after posting 30 points and 14 rebounds against the Maroons last Saturday.
"I cannot stop myself until I'm good enough. I just want to improve and there’s always a room for improvement. I think I can still play better," he added.
Mbala snatching the weekly honors was hardly a surprise for anyone despite the abundance of awesome individual performances in the opening week. He bested University of Sto. Tomas hero Renzo Subido, Adamson University rising star Jerrick Ahanmisi, and National Univesity stalwart Alfred Aroga for the weekly citation.