Players Who Deliver Top Scores in UAAP Season 82 Men’s Basketball
ABS-CBN Sports on Oct 30, 2019 04:00 PM
Kobe Paras is UAAP Season 82 Men's Basketball's top scorer as he has produced double-digits in points every game.
The UAAP Season 82 Men’s Basketball Tournament has been overflowing with close contests and fascinating finishes.
At the same time, this season has seen more than a few eye-watering and eye-popping individual performances.
Just as the team field is as competitive as it has ever been, the league’s players are also as talented as they have ever been.
And game in and game out, it’s these five players who have done nothing but deliver top scores for their teams.
UP’s Kobe Paras (17.8 points per game)
Safe to say, there is not one defender who can take Kobe Paras on his own.
Standing at 6-foot-6, possessing a strong frame, and boasting of elite athleticism, he is too much for any single defender and is more often than not attracting double-, or even triple-, teams.
Paras will have no problems whatsoever powering his way inside, but he has also proven to be a big-time threat moving without the ball and putting himself in position for teammates like Jun Manzo and Juan Gomez de Liano to find him.
And oh, that three-point shot is also coming around for him so it looks like he will have yet another good to deliver for the Fighting Maroons.
UE’s Alex Diakhite (17.7 points per game)
When you see Alex Diakhite, you will most probably say, “Wow! He’s so big!”
Coupling his 6-foot-8 height with a massive frame, he is the classic back to the basket big man who has wasted no time becoming the inside presence UE had long been looking for.
Diakhite is so big that even known powerhouses such as Bright Akhuetie and Ange Kouame have a tough time standing their ground.
And that’s a problem because when the Senegalese bruiser is under or right around the ring, he will do nothing but deliver a basket – and even probably a bonus – for the Red Warriors.
National U’s Dave Ildefonso (16.9 points per game)
Don’t let the last name fool you – Dave isn’t your daddy’s Ildefonso.
While Danny Ildefonso made a living on the block all the way to the PBA’s 40 Greatest Players, son Dave is a legitimate triple threat who can beat you off the dribble, take and make the jumpshot, or set up a teammate.
In just his second season, the 6-foot-3 second-generation Ildefonso is already one of the best, if not the best, swingmen in the league.
And yes, he and the rest of National U are yet to climb out of the cellar, but it’s just a matter of time before he delivers the Bulldogs to the playoffs – or even further.
UST’s Soulemane Chabi Yo (16.9 points per game)
The UAAP has not seen a foreigner as versatile as UST’s Soulemane Chabi Yo.
Yes, Ben Mbala once upon a time proved he can put it on the floor, but “Big Ben” was always more of a bulldozer.
Chabi Yo, meanwhile, is a perimeter-oriented player who has a sweet shooting touch to go along with sure ballhandling.
And at the same time, the 6-foot-6 Beninese ball of energy can also take advantage of smaller defenders and deliver the goods for the Growling Tigers from the post.
UE’s Rey Suerte (16.8 points per game)
How did UE lose Alvin Pasaol, who famously scored 49 points, and still be a pain to put away for opponents and a joy to watch for everybody else?
Well, let’s just say they got lucky in Rey Suerte.
The 6-foot-3 pride of Compostela Valley is just as much of a scoring machine as Pasaol once was, but while the latter gets its done thanks to his bulk, the former gets it done thanks to his finesse.
Whenever the Red Warriors need it, Suerte has all the wisdom in the world to deliver for them a booming triple or a beautiful layup.
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