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Aaron Black claims Outstanding Rookie plum

Delfin Dioquino
Aaron Black claims Outstanding Rookie plum

KEY COG. Although drafted outside the first round, Aaron Black shines for Meralco.

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Meralco guard Aaron Black becomes the lowest draft pick to bag a top rookie honor in the PBA

Meralco guard Aaron Black made PBA history as the lowest draft pick to win a top rookie honor by claiming the Outstanding Rookie award of the 2020 Philippine Cup on Sunday, January 17.

The 18th overall pick eclipsed Larry Fonacier, who captured the Rookie of the Year plum in 2005 despite being nabbed 14th overall, for the feat.

Playing under the tutelage of his father and PBA legend Norman Black, the Ateneo product shone for Meralco with averages of 6.6 points, 3.7 rebounds, and 1.7 assists in 18 games.

He won the award lopsidedly with 2,002 votes, collecting 811 points from statistics, 1,022 from the media, 19 from the players, and 150 from the PBA.

“Definitely feels great. This will definitely push me to work hard next conference,” Black said.

Black played a pivotal role as Meralco reached the All-Filipino semifinals for the first time in franchise history.

Meralco dethroned erstwhile Philippine Cup champion San Miguel and almost advanced to the finals before falling short to Barangay Ginebra in their do-or-die semifinals clash.

Black beat out Ginebra’s Arvin Tolentino (1,406 votes), Alaska’s Barkley Eboña (1,246), Terrafirma’s Roosevelt Adams (1,045), and Magnolia’s Aris Dionisio (800). –

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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.