SAN Sebastian star Calvin Abueva is a rare physical specimen blessed with the unique combination of athleticism, power, speed and a velvety touch from the outside.
Now he has a chance to pull off the rarest feat of all.
With four games left to play in this NCAA campaign, 'The Beast' has a shot at becoming the first player in any of the country's major leagues to lead a season in scoring, rebounding and assists.
San Sebastian's triple-double machine currently leads the league in rebounding with a 16 per game average and assists (7.2 per game) and ranks third in scoring with his 19-point average through 14 games.
The two players above him in the scoring parade are hot-shooting Letran star Kevin Alas (19.9 ppg) and Ian Sangalang, Abueva's own teammate who leads the league with his 20.2-point average.
If the 6-1 Abueva can find a way to overhaul both Alas and Sangalang in the scoring race at the end of the double-round eliminations on October 8 and stay on top of the rebounding and assists categories, he will complete a feat no man has achieved in any of the country's major leagues.
"He's a man among boys," Letran coach Louie Alas said of Abueva, who is playing out his final year with the Stags before joining the Alaska Aces in the pro league as the No. 2 pick overall in the last rookie draft.
No one has come close to achieving the hat-trick of leading a league in the three major individual categories. According to old-timers, the closest that could be compared to it was Mon Fernandez's dream season in the PBA in 1984 when he nearly averaged in double figures in the three statistical departments.
Fernandez led the pro league in assists (9.9 apg) during that season but only ranked second in scoring (27.3 ppg) and fourth in rebounds (11.2 rpg).
Abueva actually came close to the unique achievement during his MVP season last year, when he led the league in scoring (20.6), rebounding (13.7) and field goals (6.5) and free throws made per game (7), but only ranked fourth in assists (3.9).
He even raised the bar this season.
The Porac, Pampanga native has churned out four triple-double performances this season, two coming in his past two games. He is also fifth in shot blocks with 1.5 rejections per game and in steals, averaging 1.3 swipes per game. Unfortunately, he also leads the league in turnovers with 5.2 per game.
Abueva, however, played down his awesome stats line, sharing the credit with the two other members of the Stags' dreaded 'Pinatubo Trio,' Ronald Pascual and Sangalang, who he said make him look good.
“Hindi naman extraordinary ang mga stats ko,” said Abueva, who has taken himself out of the MVP race this season after incurring a one-game ban for unsportsmanlike conduct. “Tulungan rin lang talaga kami ng teammates ko.”
Abueva said he is merely doing what is expected of him.
“Isa talaga ako sa inaasahang mag-deliver kaya ginagawa ko ang best ko,” he said.