LA Salle’s Kib Montalbo and San Beda’s Davon Potts head the list of players who will be cited for their excellence during the UAAP and NCAA seasons in the Collegiate Basketball Awards set Jan. 26 at the Montgomery Place Social Hall in E. Rodriguez Ave., Quezon City.
Montalbo and Potts are set to receive the Pivotal Player awards in the event backed by Smart, Accel, Mighty Sports, MJM Productions and Chooks to Go for playing significant roles during the title run of their respective leagues.
The defensive-minded Montalbo was instrumental in helping La Salle win the UAAP crown by sweeping archrival Ateneo in the finals while Potts was one of the key figures in San Beda’s NCAA title victory over Arellano University.
Also to be recognized are San Beda’s Robert Bolick and Ateneo’s Isaac Go with the Impact Player awards for emerging as two of the top players of the recent collegiate basketball season.
Other awardees are University of the Philippines’ Paul Desiderio as the Chooks to Go Breakout Player, teammate Jett Manuel and Far Eastern University’s Raymar Jose with the Super Senior awards and Adamson’s Papi Sarr as Mr. Efficiency.
Desiderio earned a UAAP Mythical Five selection after UP flirted at making the Final Four for the first time since 1997 while Manuel and Jose impressed everyone during their final season in the UAAP.
Sarr, on the other hand, finished second in the UAAP Most Valuable Player race behind his consistent play that gave Adamson its first Final Four appearance since 2011.
Leading the list of awardees are Coach of the Year winners Aldin Ayo and Jamike Jarin and Mighty Sports Collegiate Mythical Five members Jeron Teng, Ben Mbala, Jio Jalalon, Allwell Oraeme and Javee Mocon.
Also to be handed out by the group of scribes covering the collegiate beat is the Smart Player of the Year.