MAPUA rookie Allwell Oraeme picked up rookie and MVP honors at the end of a smashing NCAA season that saw him transform the Cardinals from cellar-dwellers to Final Four contenders.
Oraeme, 19, became the first rookie since San Beda's Sam Ekwe in 2006 to win the league's highest individual honor.
Although the NCAA's records aren't intact, oldtimers believe Oraeme is the first player to win five yearend awards in the country's oldest collegiate league.
The Nigerian freshman beat out San Beda star Art dela Cruz by a wide margin in the MVP tabulation, which is based solely on statistics. Oraeme finished with 69.67 PAVs to dela Cruz's 60.67.
The two were later joined by Perpetual Help's Scottie Thompson and Bright Akhuetie and Arellano's Jiovani Jalalon in the season's Mythical Five.
Aside from the two awards, Oraeme also beat Akhuetie for top rookie honors and beat San Sebastian's Bradwyn Guinto for the Defensive Player of the Year award. He received a fifth trophy as a member of the All-Defensive team.
Michael Calisaan of San Sebastian was named Most Improved Player in ceremonies held before Game One of the finals between Letran and San Beda, beating out Tey Teodoro or Jose Rizal University.
Thompson finished third with 57.72 PAV while Jalalon and Akhuetie had 55.67 and 52, respectively.
Oraeme finished the season sith league-best averages of 20.28 rebounds and 2.94 blocks per game. He was also seventh in the league in scoring with 16.33 points per outing.