Manila, Philippines – The race for the UAAP Most Valuable Player race will likely go down to National University star Bobby Ray Parks, Jr. or University of Santo Tomas center Karim Abdul as the league’s elimination round unfolds tomorrow.
Thanks to their consistent production throughout the season, the fiery Parks and the hulking Abdul could end up winning the league’s most coveted individual honor once the statistical points have been finalized after the replay between the former’s team NU and Far Eastern University.
Only statistics will be used to determine the individual winners of the league with an additional 15 points added as bonus for each victory registered.
Other players that has a distant shot at the award are Ateneo’s Greg Slaughter, FEU’s Terrence Romeo, University of the East’s Roi Sumang and La Salle’s freshman star Jeron Teng, who will likely bag the Rookie of the Year honors.
History beckons for either Parks or Abdul.
Parks, the Fil-American son of former PBA Best Import Bobby Parks, is bidding to become the first player to win back-to-back MVPs since former FEU cager and current Petron star Arwind Santos pulled off the trick in 2004 and 2005.
Other back-to-back MVP winners in the last 15 years include La Salle’s Don Allado (1998 and 1999) and Ateneo’s Rich Alvarez (2000 and 2001).
Abdul is seeking to become the ﬁ rst foreigner since FEU’s American import Anthony Williams, a medicine student, received the prestigious award in 1981. (Jonas Terrado)
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