EARL Scottie Thompson of Perpetual Help was a shell of himself when he returned in midseason last year after suffering from a slipped disk.
Now Thompson looks in top form and is off to a fiery start.
Thompson came through with a pair of monster games to help the Altas grab a share of the lead with the San Beda Lions in the 90th NCAA basketball tournament at The Arena in San Juan City.
In wins over Mapua and San Sebastian, the 21-year-old from Digos in Davao del Sur averaged 26.5 points on an efficient 21-of-32 shooting including a five-of-11 clip from beyond the arc he topped by norming 10 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 1.5 steals, a block and just a turnover a game.
It was a scintillating effort that did not only earn him the Accel Quantum Plus-316 NCAA Press Corps Player of the Week plum but also the admiration of his coach.
“That kid is a hardworker on and off the court. I'm happy that he is doing well,” said Perpetual Help mentor Aric del Rosario.
Thompson said he is making up for lost time.
“I came from injury last year when I returned so I couldn't contribute that much. Now that I'm in full strength, I'm trying to help the team as much as I can,” he said.
Thompson beat teammates Harold Arboleda and Juneric Baloria and San Beda's Ola Adeogun and Baser Amer for the weekly honor.