KARIM Abdul of University of Santo Tomas and De La Salle rookie Jason Perkins benefited from the disqualification of Charles Mammie and an odd league rule to earn places in the Mythical Five of the UAAP Season 76 seniors basketball tournament.
Abdul and Perkins joined season Most Valuable Player Terrence Romeo of Far Eastern University, Bobby Ray Parks of National University, and Roi Sumang of University of the East in the elite list, according to a UAAP official who spoke on condition of anonymity.
Abdul, UST's Cameroonian center, actually placed fourth in the MVP race based on statistical points (SPs) with 70.9286, but would not have made the list if Mammie was eligible for the award since league rules put a cap of only one foreign player in the Mythical Team.
Mammie, second in the MVP race, was slapped with one-game suspensions on two separate occasions that disqualified the Sierra Leonean center from any individual award this season.
On the other hand, rookie Perkins placed seventh in the MVP race with 58.5 SPs but was able to secure his place ahead of NU’s Emmanuel Mbe, who was in sixth place with 63.5714 SPs, by virtue of the same rule limiting the foreign players' places in the elite team.
Abdul paced the Tigers in the statistical departments, averaging 16.4 points, 12.1 rebounds, and two shot blocks per game for the Espana-based squad.
Meanwhile, Perkins, whose mother is Filipino, had a debut season to remember when he posted averages of 12.7 points and 9.6 rebounds for the Green Archers.
Sumang won his first-ever Mythical Five award after placing fifth in the MVP race with 64 SPs. He topped UE in scoring with 19.3 points a game aside from contributing 5.3 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 1.2 steals.
Romeo captured the MVP award over Parks, who had won the plum the two previous times.