ALLWELL Oraeme has won MVP of the NCAA for the second straight time as foreign student athletes continue to dominate the season's individual awards.
The Mapua Cardinals slotman accumulated 65.12 in players all-around value (PAV), beating Jiovani Jalalon of Arellano who accumulated 57.50 PAV to finish second in the the race for the league's highest individual honor.
Statistics is the only basis for individual awards in the country's oldest college league.
Jalalon, incidentally, was the lone local player to win an individual award this season as he became part of the Mythical Five squad along with Oraeme, Donald Tankoua of San Beda, and Hamadou Laminou of Emilio Aguinaldo College.
Oraeme, who led the Cardinals to the Final Four, became the first player to win repeat as league MVP since San Sebastian’s Rommel Adducul won the honor in 1996 and 1997.
San Beda's Sam Ekwe also won two MVP awards but not consecutively, winning in 2006 and 2008.
Oraeme also took home the Defensive Player of the Year award, while Mike Nzeusseu of Lyceum topped the Rookie of the Year honors.
Tankoua captured the Most Improved Player plum despite his season being cut to 11 games owing to a knee injury.
The Nigerian center averaged 15.8 points, 19.8 rebounds, and 2.3 blocks on his way to winning his second MVP and Defensive Player of the Year honors.
In the elimination round, Jalalon led the league in scoring with an average of 21.4 points per outing. The Cagayan De Oro sensation also averaged 7.4 assists (league-leader) and 5.8 rebounds for the Chiefs.