KARIM Abdul, the dominant Santo Tomas big man, is certainly making up for lost time.
The 20-year-old Abdul is currently showing the way in the race for the MVP plum midway through the UAAP men’s basketball season by topping the overall statistical race at the end of the first round.
In the latest statistics released by provided Imperium Technology/Smart Bro, the gentle Cameroonian of the Growling Tigers finished the first round with a total of 81.7143 statistical points (SPs) as he led his team to the top of the standings with a 6-1 win-loss card.
The individual awards of the league are determined purely through total SPs.
Abdul was actually in the same spot last season when he was a leading contender for the MVP award and Mythical Five selection, until he got disqualified following a one-game suspension slapped on him in the final game of the eliminations.
At the moment, Abdul tops the league in rebounding with an average of 13.6 rebounds per game. He is also first in offensive rebounds with a 6.4 average.
Reigning MVP Bobby Ray Parks of National University is second in the race with 76.7143 SPs after leading the league in points (20.7), assists (5.0) and steals (1.9).
Ateneo’s Greg Slaughter of Ateneo occupies the third spot in the MVP race with 68.1429 SPs. He is currently the league’s top shot blocker with 2.9 a game.
Far Eastern University guard Terrence Romeo is in fourth with 66.1429 SPs, while Jeron Teng of La Salle is the only rookie to make the Top Five in fifth with 58.257 SPs.
Rounding out the top 10 are Emmanuel Mbe of NU (57.4286), Jeric Teng of UST (56), Nico Salva of Ateneo (55), Aljon Mariano of UST (53.8571) and Kiefer Ravena of Ateneo (53.1429).
Meanwhile, second-round hostilities start on Thursday at the Mall of Asia Arena with NU facing Adamson at 2 p.m. and league-leader UST taking on FEU at 4 p.m.
The Tigers lost to the Tamaraws, 73-72, on opening day, but had been on a roll since then by winning six in a row.