UAAP Season 82 Men's Basketball's Best Creators
ABS-CBN Sports on Oct 01, 2000 02:57 PM
University of the Philippines point guard Jun Manzo is one of the UAAP's best creators as he shares the top spot in terms of assists with 4.09 dish-offs per game.
Without a doubt, the UAAP 82 Men’s Basketball Tournament is star-studded.
From established veterans to emerging forces and from super rookies to one-and-done studs, the league has stars of all shapes and sizes shining bright.
Still, with the big stage and the bright lights of the UAAP, all teams need somebody running the show for all of those stars.
Fortunately for these five squads, they just happen to have the players who create the best shows game in and game out in all of the league.
L-Jay Gonzales, Far Eastern University
Ever since he was in high school, L-Jay Gonzales has been described as a playmaker.
Now as FEU’s full-time starting point guard, he is yet again showcasing his skill of using his elite speed to create plays.
Yes, there will be times when the 5-foot-8 speedster creates for himself, but more often than not, his drives into the lane creates open looks for the Tamaraws’ bevy of shooters.
And that is exactly why, in just his second season in the league, he is already almost near the top of the assists list with 4.08 per game - just 0.02 percentage points from vaulting to the very top.
Rey Suerte, University of the East
Coming from University of the Visayas in the CESAFI, Rey Suerte was touted to be a super scorer.
Without a doubt, that is true, but also without a doubt, he also knows how to create the right plays with all the attention he gets.
The 6-foot-3 swingman is a master at creating shots for himself from all over the floor, no doubt, but at the same time, he has the court awareness to pass the ball whenever he is double- or even triple-teamed.
And so, it’s no surprise that he is not only fifth in the league in scoring, but also fourth in assists as well.
Andrei Caracut, De La Salle University
La Salle has gone through a roller-coaster ride thus far in the tournament, but what it has consistently done is have the player tops in assists.
Andrei Caracut is averaging 4.09 assists per game, a personal-best in his five-year career in green and white, but also a league-best.
With much frequency, it has been his hands that feed Justine Baltazar in the paint, Aljun Melecio from the perimeter, and Jamie Malonzo from all over.
And with much frequency, it has been the graduating guard who created the openings for the Green Archers to continue contending even with their second coach in as many years.
Jun Manzo, University of the Philippines
UP’s line-up is the best the school has had in years – or decades, even.
With a fully loaded arsenal of weapons that include reigning and defending MVP Bright Akhuetie as well as Kobe Paras and Gomez de Liano brothers Javi and Juan, the Fighting Maroons still needed a court general.
Jun Manzo has done nothing but prove that he is up to the task, catapulting to a share of the top spot in terms of assists in all of the league at 4.09 per game.
All those names are good to have and all, but the graduating guard made it a point to create a well-oiled machine that is well on its way to another playoff appearance.
Renzo Subido, University of Santo Tomas
Renzo Subido has always been a “points guard,” but in his fifth and final year, he is proving he can be much more than that.
A well-renowned bucket-getter from his time in DLSZ to now in UST, he has now developed a penchant for getting buckets for his teammates as well.
Norming 3.3 assists per game, the graduating guard is, for the first time in his collegiate career, in the top 10 of creators in all of the league.
Not only that, he is also doing his part in making sure that Mark Nonoy, the Growling Tigers’ point guard of the future, will do the very same thing.
Just like CoHo by Vistaland, these five ballers continue creating beautiful plays in the UAAP.