MANILA, Philippines – There was never any doubt, but now it’s official: Ateneo Blue Eaglets star big man Kai Sotto is the UAAP Season 81 Juniors MVP.
The 7-foot-1 unicorn finished with 97 statistical points (SPs) – a full 15 points ahead of UST Tiger Cubs’ one-and-done rookie Mark Nonoy (81.9286 SPs).
Despite the mass exodus of team stalwarts like Dave Ildefonso, SJ Belangel, Joaqui Manuel, and Jason Credo, the 16-year-old prodigy adjusted accordingly and finished with league-leading averages of 25.1 points, 13.9 rebounds, and 2.6 blocks on an efficient 60.3% clip.
More importantly, the Eaglets finished 11-3 in the elimination rounds and clinched the all-important twice-to-beat advantage in the Final Four.
Ateneo now looks to rely on Sotto even more as it faces the battle-tested FEU Baby Tamaraws on Friday, February 15.
UST’s Nonoy, Ateneo’s Forthsky Padrigao (64.6250 SPs), FEU’s RJ Abarrientos (61.6429), and Adamson’s Joem Sabandal (60.9286 SPs) join Sotto in the Season 81 Mythical Five. – Rappler.com