UAAP: From MVP to Rookie of the Year? CJ Cansino's making a great case

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Oct 06, 2018 05:06 PM
UAAP: From MVP to RoY? CJ Cansino's making a great case
CJ Cansino is just doing now in the UAAP Seniors what he has been doing in the UAAP Juniors

Safe to say, CJ Cansino has taken the UAAP 81 Men’s Basketball Tournament by storm.

With per game counts of 13.4 points and 7.8 rebounds, he has got to be one of the frontrunners for Rookie of the Year.

University of Sto. Tomas’ super rookie only built on those on Saturday with a big-time 17-point, 17-rebound double-double on top of four assists.

In fact, he already had a double-double late in the second quarter with 10 points and 12 rebounds.

Of course, Cansino is only giving his best to prove his worth. “Siyempre, pinapatunayan ko sa lahat na belong din ako rito,” he said.

He then continued, “Pinaghirapan ko ‘to, I worked hard on this simula bata ako. Kaya ginagawa ko lang yung best ko and every game, naka-focus talaga ako.”

While his numbers are eye-openers for just about everybody watching the UAAP Seniors, the long-limbed swingman has actually been putting up those sort of statistics ever since his days in the UAAP Juniors. In his last season there, he averaged 24.6 points, 12.9 rebounds, and 3.0 assists.

Those were more than enough to make him the runaway MVP – a runaway MVP that had an 18-point lead in terms of Statistical Points (SPs) over his closest competitor in Kai Sotto.

Yes, Kai Sotto, the 7-foot-1, 16-year-old of Ateneo de Manila High School.

That doesn’t mean, however, that slowly but surely, UST is becoming the Cansino’s team.

Rather, according to the super rookie himself, they want nothing more than total team effort each and every game. As he put it, “Si coach [Aldin Ayo], wala siyang main man na parang, ito, CJ Cansino, ikaw lang tututukan ko. ‘Di siya ganun.”

He then continued, “Lahat kami, equal opportunity. Kung sinong maglaro nang mayos this game, siya talaga maglalaro.”

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