RHENZ Abando has made an instant impact for University of Sto. Tomas and has been chosen Chooks-to-Go UAAP Collegiate Press Corps Player of the Week.
The transferee from Philippine College of Science and Technology in Pangasinan announced his arrival with a 22-point output, including five triples, in UST's 95-82 victory over the Red Warriors last Wednesday.
Three days later, the Growling Tigers downed the fancied Fighting Maroons, 85-69, where the 6-foot-2 forward provided a boost off the bench with 12 points, seven rebounds, two assists and two steals.
That earned the first-year forward the nod from the scribes from print and online covering the beat, winning the vote over teammate Soulemane Chabi Yo, Ateneo’s Mike Nieto and Gian Mamuyac, Adamson's Lenda Douanga and FEU's L-Jay Gonzales for the weekly honor.
Abando normed 17.0 points, 5.5 boards, and 2.5 dimes in his first two outings in the UAAP.
“Ngayon, grateful ako na nangyayari yung ganito sa UST kasi si Rhenz, he's very talented, pero alam din niya kung anong kulang niya at dapat trabahuin niya,” said coach Aldin Ayo.
“Si Rhenz, breadwinner 'to eh so when you have that player, 'di mo kailangan i-motivate 'yan. They're playing for their families and their community.”