No doubt about it, Ateneo’s Kai Sotto is UAAP 81 Jrs. MVP

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Feb 22, 2019 02:54 PM
No doubt about it, Ateneo’s Kai Sotto is UAAP 81 Jrs. MVP
Rookie of the Year, Mythical Team member, and now, Kai Sotto is undisputed MVP

The climb is complete for Kai Sotto.

Two years after being hailed as Rookie of the Year and one year after making it into the Mythical Team, Ateneo de Manila High School’s towering teen was officially recognized as MVP of UAAP 81 Juniors.

There was no questioning Sotto’s place atop the totem pole as he recorded 97 Statistical Points (SPs) – 15 points ahead of his closest competitor.

The 7-foot-1, 16-year-old posted per game counts 25.1 points, 13.9 rebounds, 3.4 assists, and 2.6 blocks all while powering his team to a 11-3 record in the elimination round as well as a second straight Finals appearance.

The MVP punctuates a dominant season individually for Sotto which saw him finally leave no doubt that he is the best player in all of high school.

As a rookie, he was overshadowed by the likes of Juan Gomez de Liano and Encho Serrano while as a sophomore, he was leapfrogged by CJ Cansino.

Now, Sotto stands tall as the standard for all of Juniors.

Joining him in the Mythical Team are fellow Blue Eaglet Forthsky Padrigao, University of Sto. Tomas teammates Mark Nonoy and Bismarck Lina, Far Eastern University-Diliman’s RJ Abarrientos, and Adamson High School’s Joem Sabandal.

This is the first time ever that there are six players in the Mythical Team.

Padrigao placed third in terms of Statistical Points (SPs), but only played eight games in the elimination round after a bout with appendicitis.

His stuffed statistics of 12.1 points, 6.8 assists, 6.5 rebounds, and 2.4 steals per game, however, did nothing but give him a compelling case for selection.

Another consideration for the development was the fact that after Sotto followed five backcourt players in Nonoy, Padrigao, Abarrientos, Sabandal, and Nazareth School of National University skipper Gerry Abadiano.

As per league rules, the Mythical Team should have one center, two forwards, and two guards – and with how the SPs turned out, Sotto was the center, Nonoy and Padrigao were the guards, and Abarrientos was deemed as a forward.

That meant that another forward spot was open and the board decided to put in Lina who ranked seventh in terms of SPs.


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