Bobby Ray Parks emerged as the Most Valuable Player of Season 74 of the UAAP men’s basketball tournament.
Sharing the limelight was Kiefer Ravena of Ateneo, often called ‘the Phenom,’ who bagged the Rookie of the Year award.
Parks, one of the hottest new faces in the league, earned 66.64 statistical points (SPs) to beat Ateneo center Greg Slaughter, who wound up a close second with 63.38 SPs average.
Parks will receive his trophy in Game Two of the finals on September 27 at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.
Besides being the first Bulldog to be named MVP, Parks is also the first top individual performer whose team did not go beyond the double-round eliminations. The Bulldogs were fifth after the elimination phase with a 6-8 win-loss record.
Parks compiled a total of 843 SPs to dominate the 125-player field. He also received 90 bonus points from the games NU won.
As for Slaughter, he had 692 SPs but earned 195 bonus points from Ateneo’s won games.
Cameroonian center Karim Abdul of University of Santo Tomas was third with 60.38 SPs average but was disqualified for any individual award because of his one-game suspension for two unsportsmanlike fouls. He was replaced by Ravena out of the Mythical Five.
Ravena finished sixth in the statistical points race, the league’s sole basis for the selection of individual awardees since the 2008 season.
Ravena, second in statistical points to Slaughter after the first round, had a 56.36 SPs average after the double-round eliminations.
Making up the Mythical Five are Parks, Slaughter, FEU center Aldrech Ramos and Adamson hotshot Alex Nuyles.
Tamaraws shooting guard Ryan Roose Garcia, last year’s MVP, was seventh in the SPs category with 53.36 and missed the Mythical Five.
Parks was Season 74’s top scorer with 20 points per game — he had three 30-plus per games. He was seventh in rebounds (6.5 per game) and 10th in assists (2.9), steals (1.1) and blocks (1.1).
He also had the most free-throw conversions with 105 and a 78.9 per cent shooting from the 15-foot line that ranked him at seventh.