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UAAP: Greatness starts here

By: - Reporter / @jwpayoINQ
/ 12:43 AM June 29, 2013

The UAAP raises the curtains on its 76th season with the theme “Greatness never ends,” shining the spotlight on the stars whose hustle, energy and heart thrill the fans no end.

The league kicks off this season with the centerpiece men’s basketball tournament and it is but fitting that we bring you the teams’ resident leaders, who will try to tow their squads to the championship in what could be the most wide-open race for the crown.

National University


2011 and 2012 UAAP Most Valuable Player
Last season’s stats: 21.4 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 4.4 apg, 1.5 spg, 1.3 bpg
Position: Guard
Height: 6’3

“We’re hoping and looking for bigger and better things like the UAAP championship, that’s our goal since day one.”


2011 UAAP Rookie of the Year and Mythical Team member
Last season’s stats: 14.9 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 3.1 apg, 1.1 spg
Position: Guard
Height: 6’0

“Even if we’re the five-peat champions, we’re the underdogs. So we have to focus even more, work on our system, work to our strengths. It’s still possible; it’s not a long shot to get another championship.”

La Salle

2012 UAAP Rookie of the Year
Last season’s stats: 16.6 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 2.6 apg
Position:Guard/ Forward
Height: 6’2

“After last year’s campaign, I’m more experienced. I have to be one of the leaders of the team.”


Far Eastern University

2012 UAAP Mythical Team member and 2010 Rookie of the Year
Last season’s stats: 18.9 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 3.5 apg, 1.4 spg
Position: Point Guard
Height: 5’11

“We now know each one’s strongest points. We’ve learned when to attack, when to pass the ball, so we can all help the team.”

University of Santo Tomas

2009 UAAP Rookie of the Year
Last season’s stats: 13.6 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 1.1 apg
Position: Guard/Forward
Height: 6’1

“It’s my last year and I want to end my career with a championship. I’m very confident with my team. We have the experience and we’re hungrier this season.”

University of the East

Last season’s stats: 18.4 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 4.9 apg, 1.4 spg
Position: Guard
Height: 5’8

“We’re sick and tired of losing. The team can count on my leadership.”


Last season’s stats: 9.8 ppg, 8.7 rpg, 1.2 apg, 1.5 bpg

Position: Power forward

Height: 6’5

“This is our best chance. We have [African center Ingrid] Sewa, my teammates are motivated. The team is determined to win a championship.”

University of the Philippines

Returned to UP after suiting up for La Salle, a former UAAP juniors MVP with UP Integrated School
Position: Guard/Forward
Height: 6’2

“It has been a long time and it feels good to be back. It’s still different to play for Maroon pride.”

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