CJ Perez hailed PBA Rookie of the Year

Delfin Dioquino
CJ Perez hailed PBA Rookie of the Year
Nabbed by Columbian as the top overall pick, CJ Perez did not take long to establish himself as one of the best players in the league

MANILA, Philippines – The term “super rookie” gets thrown around a lot, but CJ Perez has proven he is more than deserving of such a distinction.

The do-it-all guard made a splash in his first season in the PBA on the way to being hailed the Rookie of the Year in the latest edition of the Leo Awards at the Araneta Coliseum on Sunday, March 8. 

Nabbed by Columbian as the top overall pick in the 2018 Draft, Perez did not take long to establish himself as one of the best players in the league as he put up impressive numbers on a nightly basis.

Perez averaged a league-best 20.8 points on top of 7.4 rebounds. 3.4 assists, and 1.9 blocks to become the first Columbian player to win the award. 

He bested fellow top picks Robert Bolick of NorthPort, Ray Parks of TNT, Javee Mocon of Rain or Shine, and Abu Tratter of Alaska.

Perez even managed to put himself in the conversation for Most Valuable Player but was hampered by the performance of his team, with the Dyip failing to reach the playoffs in any of the 3 conferences. – Rappler.com

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Delfin Dioquino

Delfin Dioquino dreamt of being a PBA player, but he did not have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to being an athlete – to write about them. He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.