THIS early, Bradwyn Guinto is turning out to be a gem of a find for Mahindra.
The freshman center out of San Sebastian, taken in the second round of the PBA Draft at 14th overall, has emerged as the unlikely leader early in the race for the Rookie of the Year award in the league's 41st season.
The Melbourne-raised Mahindra big man tallied 25.8 average statistical points after norming 10.5 points, 11.3 rebounds, 1.3. blocks, and 1.3 assists in his first five games in the Smart Bro-Philippine Cup.
Guinto, who is first among freshmen in rebounds and blocks, and second in scoring, still came out on top despite registering only four points on four attempts and five boards in 14 minutes of play in the Enforcers’ 93-85 loss to Barako Bull on Tuesday night in Biñan, Laguna.
Top pick Mo Tautuaa of Talk ‘N Text came in at second with 24.5 SPs while averaging 10 points, 5.8 boards, two assists, and one steal, while surprise third overall pick Maverick Ahanmisi of Rain or Shine followed at third with 21 ave. SPs.
The Tropang Texters’ Troy Rosario (20) and Simon Enciso of NLEX (18.5) rounded out the Top 5.
Chris Newsome sits in sixth spot with 16.3 SPs, but the high-flying Meralco playmaker would’ve been in a higher position if not for a flagrant foul penalty 2 he committed early in the conference that resulted in a deduction to his average.
Keith Agovida (15), Scottie Thompson (13.5), Don Trollano (12.3), and Norbert Torres (11.8) completed the Top 10.
The computation was made through games until Tuesday, according to league head statistician Fidel Mangonon III.