THE second pick has emerged as the top rookie contender.
Rico Maierhofer, the former La Salle star drafted by Purefoods, is leading all freshmen with 20.5 statistical points (SP) as the KFC-PBA Philippine Cup elimination round heads into the final stretch.
Fil-Am Joshua Urbiztondo of Sta. Lucia ranks second with 17.9 SP, followed by Rain or Shine?s Jervy Cruz with 14.1 SP.
Maierhofer, a 6-foot-6 center-forward, averages 8 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game to finish just outside of the league?s top 30 players in the overall statistical race.
Urbiztondo, the 5-foot-10 point guard overlooked in the 2009 draft, is the surprise performer by leading all rookies in assists at 2.6 apg aside from norming 8.2 markers and 2.5 rebounds.
Cruz, the former UAAP MVP from the University of Santo Tomas, averages 7.1 points and 4.6 boards per outing.
Barako Bull?s Ogie Menor and Burger King?s Ronnie Matias round up the top five rookies.
Menor, drafted sixth, norms 9.8 points, 3.3 boards and 1.2 assists, while eighth-pick Matias averages 6.6 points and 3.8 rebounds.