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Katipunan haul: Kouame to be named UAAP MVP, Tamayo top rookie

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Katipunan haul: Kouame to be named UAAP MVP, Tamayo top rookie

KATIPUNAN STARS. Ateneo's Ange Kouame nabs UAAP MVP honors while UP's Carl Tamayo earns top rookie nod

UAAP Season 84 Media Team

(1st UPDATE) Ateneo star Ange Kouame is set to be crowned UAAP MVP, and will join La Salle's Justine Baltazar and Michael Phillips, UP's Zavier Lucero and top rookie Carl Tamayo in the Mythical Team

MANILA, Philippines – Ateneo star center Ange Kouame is set to be named the UAAP Season 84 MVP in runaway fashion after lording in the statistical points (SPs) tally over his next closest competitor – graduating La Salle big man Justine Baltazar.

After a 13-1 elimination round run by the three-time defending champion Blue Eagles, the naturalized Gilas Pilipinas star amassed 69.21 SPs – the league’s sole basis for awarding – while Baltazar finished a far second with 63.0 SPs.

Set to join Kouame and Baltazar in the Mythical Five, meanwhile, are UP star forwards Zavier Lucero (62.0 SPs) and Carl Tamayo (57.64), and La Salle’s elite hustle guy Michael Phillips (54.64).

Tamayo also finishes as the league’s top rookie, edging out Phillips.

Missing the cut from the MVP race and Mythical Five selections are foreign-student athletes Malick Diouf of UP (56.93 SPs) and Emman Ojuola of FEU (54.64), Ateneo star transferee Dave Ildefonso (53.29), and Adamson captain Jerom Lastimosa (53.07).

The stalwarts who did make the cut will be officially awarded on Wednesday, May 11, at 5 pm, just before the UAAP finals Game 2 match between UP and Ateneo. –