PERPETUAL slotman Prince Eze has grabbed the lead in the MVP race halfway through the NCAA season after averaging 14.8 points on 52.4 percent shooting to go with 17.2 rebounds and 2.2 blocks.
Lyceum's Mike Nzeusseu came in second after posting 11.points, 10.9 rebounds, and 1.3 blocks while helping the Pirates take the top spot with an umblemished 9-0 card.
Pirates star CJ Perez oand Javee Pocon of San Beda were tied at third, while Emilio Aguinaldo College's Sydney Onwubere round up the Top 5.
No matter how well he has fared in the first round, Eze's brillance has yet to translate into more victories as the Altas struggled with a 3-6 (win-loss) record.
The Nigerian reinforcement, though, is bent on leading his team to the playoffs this season.
"I just do whatever I have to do to help us win. We should win. This does not mean anything to me if we’re not winning," he said.
On Friday, Eze validated his status as one of the best players this season after leading the Saints to an 84-80 win over the Heroes Selection in the NCAA All-Star Game.
He finished with 17 points, 14 rebounds, and three blocks to earn the game's MVP plum.
Saints and San Beda coach Boyet Fernandez had nothing but praises for the big man.
"Eze played really well. Iba talaga si Prince pag walang kapalitan. Nag-blossom talaga si Prince. I salute him for being the MVP," he said.