FOR the second straight year, a player out of high school will jump straight to the UAAP's Mythical Five list.
Jeron Teng is set to become a member of the college league's elite list after a superb rookie season in which he became the standard-bearer of the La Salle Archers, duplicating a feat achieved by Ateneo rival Kiefer Ravena last season.
Teng, coming off a smashing high school career at Xavier in which he scored a record 104 points in one game, will be the first Green Archer to make the Mythical Five since JV Casio and Rico Maierhofer made the list in 2008, according to a source who requested not to be named pending the official announcement of the winners.
He will also be named Rookie of the Year - an award his brother Jeric of UST bagged in 2009.
In crashing the Mythical Five, Teng will be bumping off Ravena who achieved the same feat as a rookie last season.
National University's Bobby Ray Parks, who is set to be named the league MVP for a second straight year, also made the team in his rookie season. But the son of legendary PBA import Bobby spent a year of residency with the Bulldogs after playing in high school in the United States.
The youngest of the playing sons of former PBA cager Alvin Teng led the Archers with a 16.6-point average while posting 6.9 rebounds, and 2.6 assists per game this season.
Meanwhile, Abdul and Slaughter asserted themselves inside the paint this season to land a spot each in the Mythical Five.
The Cameroonian center logged 16.9 points, 12.2 rebounds, and 2.0 blocks per game, and is even a co-leader in the steals department along with Parks with a 1.5 clip.
Slaughter, the Cebuano center who was also part of last season’s Mythical Five, posted averages of 14.2 points, 9.6 rebounds, and 2.9 blocks per game.
Romeo, the 2010 Rookie of the Year, led FEU in scoring with 18.9 points per game.