Sydman's UAAP 2010 Power Rankings! (Start to September 1, 2010)


There’s a new number one in town and you’ll definitely notice him!

I might be late but I am now here.

GAME STARTS NOW!


Anyway, I have been busy lately so hopefully you’ll be contented with the details or lack thereof of the current rankings. Inside the Top 20, Ateneo’s Nico Salva failed to salvage a place.

Don’t worry though because he was replaced by another Eagle.


NOTED NOTABLES:

30 TAMARAWS – PIPPO NOUNDOU (FORMERLY # 23)
29 FALCONS – JANUS LOZADA (RETURNING)
28 FALCONS – JAN COLINA (FORMERLY # 25)
27 TIGERS – MELO AFUANG (FORMERLY # 28)
26 BULLDOGS – JEWEL PONFERRADA (NEW ENTRY)
25 WARRIORS – JAMES MARTINEZ (FORMERLY # 26)
24 TIGERS – JERIC TENG (FORMERLY # 27)
23 FALCONS – LESTER ALVAREZ (FORMERLY # 24)
22 FALCONS – ALEX NUYLES (FORMERLY # 22)
21 EAGLES – NICO SALVA (FORMERLY # 17)


OUTSIDE LOOKING IN:

20 EAGLES – JUSTIN CHUA (FORMERLY # 19)
19 BULLDOGS – JOSEPH HERMOSISIMA (FORMERLY # 18)
18 EAGLES – RYAN BUENAFE (FORMERLY # 21)
17 ARCHERS – SIMON ATKINS (FORMERLY # 20)
16 MAROONS – MIKE SILUNGAN (FORMERLY # 14)
15 ARCHERS – MAUI VILLANUEVA (FORMERLY # 16)
14 EAGLES – KIRK LONG (FORMERLY # 12)
13 MAROONS – WOODY CO (FORMERLY # 15)
12 FALCONS – ERIC CAMSON (FORMERLY # 8)
11 MAROONS – ALVIN PADILLA (FORMERLY # 13)


THE TOP TEN:

10 TIGERS – JERIC FORTUNA (FORMERLY # 11)
STATS: 10.2PPG, 3.9RPG, 4.5APG, 1.4SPG
His points are still inconsistent but the other facets of his game remains on sync. Until we see a dominant big man wearing the UST colors, we will never see his true potential.

9 EAGLES – ERIC SALAMAT (FORMERLY # 6)
STATS: 10.7PPG, 2.8RPG, 4.2APG, 2.0SPG
He started the season weak but slowly and surely his stats blossomed. I expect him to lead the drive of the Eagles to the title now that they are safely in the Final Four.

8 TAMARAWS – REIL CERVANTES (FORMERLY # 9)
STATS: 11.7PPG, 6.5RPG, 2.7APG
Fresh from a suspension due to over-eagerness to inflict pain, this is the season where he needs to excel. Perhaps the “time out” happened to teach him focus.

7 MAROONS – MAGI SISON (FORMERLY # 7)
STATS: 10.9PPG, 9.0RPG, 1.0APG, 1.8BPG
Wonder why most of the players in the top ten come from cellar-dwelling squads? Probably because most of the players from these teams attack their foes by their lonesome! Magi is a case in point.

6 TAMARAWS – RR GARCIA (FORMERLY # 4)
STATS: 17.5PPG, 3.7RPG, 2.5APG
The league’s leading scorer is finding himself drifting to the back part of the top ten but don’t pity him. With FEU preparing for the Final Four, I’m sure he’ll rather have a win than to top this chart.

5 TIGERS – CHRIS CAMUS (FORMERLY # 3)
STATS: 10.9PPG, 9.1RPG, 1.7APG
He needs to practice his small forward skills because when he climbs to the PBA… SF would be the position he’ll be taking. Hopefully, UST can find a big man next season to regain their “growl”.

4 WARRIORS – KENNETH ACIBAR (FORMERLY # 5)
STATS: 12.3PPG, 9.4RPG, 1.3BPG
Despite UE’s season downfall, they found a jewel in this kid. He played bullish despite his experience and you can see it in his stats. UE must expect more from him next season.

3 TAMARAWS – ALDRECH RAMOS (FORMERLY # 7)
STATS: 11.7PPG, 8.2RPG, 1.7APG, 2.4BPG
With the way this Smart-Gilas forward has been playing, FEU has a strong chance to win the title. It’s a tossup between Ramos and Garcia for the UAAP MVP plum.

2 WARRIORS – PAUL LEE (FORMERLY # 1)
STATS: 14.5PPG, 6.8RPG, 4.3APG, 1.8SPG
A string of bad scoring and excessive turnovers made Acibar rise and him fall. The Cobra Commander’s drought ignited UE’s giant-killing ways although it was worth very little, and it seriously too late.

1 BULLDOGS – EMMANUEL MBE (FORMERLY # 2)
STATS: 13.4PPG, 12.8RPG, 1.4BPG
After weeks of wait, Mbe is finally the top man of this rank. Lee’s inconsistency and his consistency proved to be the trigger. While NU will probably miss the Final Four, this is a very good upside from their yester-teams circa 2000. Expect him to continue his sound game next season.


Just because Mbe is my top choice, this doesn’t mean that he is my MVP for this season. I still believe that the winner must come from a winning school and like I said earlier, the distinction would be a tossup between Ramos and Garcia. Ramos is ahead for now but Garcia is the team’s energizer.

As long as Garcia delivers the offense and boosts up his other stats, he can pin the trophy to his side.

Until next time,

Game over!

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