MANILA, Philippines – Perpetual Help's Earl Scottie Thompson is halfway through becoming the league's Most Valuable Player in the 90th NCAA men's basketball tournament.
Thompson, 21, is having his best season thus far and leads the MVP statistical race by a mile with 57 total statistical points.
He leads teammate Harold Arboleda (49.56), San Beda's Ola Adeogun (47), Arellano University's Jiovani Jalalon (46.89), and teammate Juneric Baloria (43.56).
Thompson is averaging 17.33 points (fourth in the league), 11 rebounds (fifth), 5.56 assists (second) and 2.11 steals (second) to emerge as the best individual player 10 games into Season 90.
He said his priority is to help the Altas win their first-ever NCAA championship, however.
"I'm focused on helping my school win an NCAA title, nothing more," said Thompson.
Rounding up the top 10 were: Emilio Aguinaldo College's Noube Happi (43.22) of Cameroon; San Beda's Arthur dela Cruz (42.75); Lyceum's Joseph Gabayni (41.89); Arellano's Dionce Holts (41.78) of the United States; and San Sebastian's Bradwyn Guinto (40.67).
In the juniors division, La Salle Greenhills' John Gob is leading the MVP race with 56.89 points, as he averages 15.11 points, 17.33 rebounds, and 2.22 blocks per game.
Mapua's Dennel Aguirre (51), Perpetual Help's Jeszir Sison (46.38), Mapua's Noah Lugo (45.78), and Jose Rizal University's Mark dela Virgen (45.33) are the threats to Gob's MVP bid.
Rounding up the top 10 in the high school MVP hunt are: Letran's Joshua Gonzales (43.78); JRU's Jamil Garcia (42.78); Letran's Jerrick Balanza (42); and San Beda's Niko Abatayo (41.67) and Joshua Andrei Caracut (41.33).