Mapua has no plan to engage in bidding war for Allwell Oraeme, says top official
NCAA rookie-MVP Allwell Oraeme of the Mapua Cardinals has denied receiving offers to move to other schools. Jerome Ascano

A TOP official of Mapua made it clear the school is not inclined to engage in a bidding war for top player Allwell Oraeme in the wake of reports that the reigning NCAA MVP is being recruited by two teams in the UAAP.

Mapua athletic director Melchor Divina said the school will give Oraeme all the benefits due him as a student athlete after the Nigerian center won MVP and Rookie of the Year honors in the recently concluded season.

“Asset namin si Allwell, Kung ano man ‘yung talagang nararapat na para sa kanya, ibibigay ng school,” said Divina, who is also the school’s representative to the NCAA Management Committee (Mancom).

If repots are true, Divina said Mapua has no plan to make counter-offer against any ‘outrageous’ proposal from other schools that could come Oraeme’s way.

“Pero siguro, halimbawa lang na parang PBA na, hindi na magandang sistema ‘yun," Divina said of the reported offers.

"Hindi sasabay ang Mapua sa ganun kasi baka maging precedent pa ‘yan. ‘Yan ay kung sakaling may offer talaga, tapos tatapatan mo, parang hindi maganda,” said the Mapua official.

[See Atoy Co drops hint on Oraeme poaching claim: 'Green or blue lang sasabihin ko sa inyo']

At the moment though, Divina said there has been no official offers from any schools for the services of Oraeme, who he said denied receiving offers from other schools.

“Nothing official na talagang may offer o may kumausap. Puro tsismis, kumbaga hearsay. Kasi tinanong din namin si Allwell, wala naman daw kumakausap sa kanya. ‘Yun ang sabi niya,” said Divina.

Oraeme's denial came after Mapua coach Atoy Co went on a rant on his Facebook page about efforts to poach the incoming sophomore by major schools.

Co later told the offers could only come from teams identified with the colors 'blue and green.'


That teams are drooling over the Mapua big man on their roster is understandable.

Oraeme led the long-suffering Cardinals to a third-place finish in the elimination round before they lost to eventual champion Letran in the Final Four.

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