Week 1 UAAP Season 77 Position Battle

Let's welcome Season 77 with our first UAAP Position Battle post ever!

Week 1 of the UAAP has passed, and it was definitely a doozy. We were treated to a lot of statement games, most notably the huge wins by FEU and NU over DLSU and UST respectively.

Now it’s time to take stock and reward the best performers of Season 77’s opening weekend. 

Let’s look at the best players per position and the best ones overall.

All stats are taken from PBA-Online.net.

Top Center: Chris Javier (UE) - 12pts, 9rebs, 1ast, 1blk, .667 FG%, 34.3 EFF
- Javier isn’t the hottest name on the UE roster (that’s reserved for either Roi Sumang or Charles Mammie), but he was the most productive this past weekend, putting up a near double-double against the lowly Maroons.

Chris Javier may be undersized at the middle, but he knows
how to make the most of his other gifts.
(image by Marlon Bernabe/Burn Sports)

Top Power Forward: Ivan Villanueva (ADU) - 15pts, 9rebs, 1ast, .667 FG%, 38.8 EFF
- This rookie big man from the Letran Squires’ program surprised a lot of people with his agility and soft touch, mainly because he looked the part of a hefty bruiser. This early, he has already drawn comparisons to cousin Enrico Villanueva and PBA slotman Beau Belga. Not too shabby.

Burly rookie big man Ivan Villanueva impressed a lot of people in his debut.
(image by Jerome Ascano/Spin.ph)

Top Small Forward: Chris Newsome (ADMU) - 12pts, 8rebs, 3asts, 1stl, 2blks, .556 FG%, 34.7 EFF
- Newsome broke through his first UAAP season and showcased his athleticism, but this year he wants to prove he can be an all-around threat and a leader. I’d say he’s off to a brilliant start.

Chris Newsome is out to make a big jump this season.
(image by Arvin Lim/Fabilioh)

Top Shooting Guard: Kiefer Ravena (ADMU) - 22pts, 4rebs, 4asts, 3stls, 1blk, .500 FG%, 42.0 EFF
- There’s no doubt that Kiefer wants to prove a point this season — that he is the best player in the collegiate ranks. After such an immaculate stat-line against the Soaring Falcons, he has, so far, been proven right.

Kiefer Ravena is a man on a mission.
(image by Arvin Lim/Fabilioh)

Top Point Guard: Dan Alberto (UE) - 15pts, 1reb, 2asts, 5 triples, .556 FG%, 30.3 EFF
- Alberto hijacked UP by draining 5 triples. He’s also not the UE point guard you’re probably expecting to see on this list, but, hey, again, FIVE THREE-POINTERS. Wow.

Dan Alberto might never be on this list again, but
we just cannot look past his 5 treys.
(image by Marlon Bernabe/Burn Sports)

Top Rookie: Ivan Villanueva (ADU) - 15pts, 9rebs, 1ast, .667 FG%, 38.8 EFF
- Unlike a lot of other newcomers are on UAAP fans’ watch lists, Villanueva flew through the preseason relatively under the radar. That’s about to change.

Top 10 Players Overall as of July 14, 2014:
Kiefer Ravena (ADMU) - 42.0 EFF
Mike Tolomia (FEU) - 39.7 EFF
Ivan Villanueva (ADU) - 38.8 EFF
Chris Newsome (ADMU) - 34.7 EFF
Chris Javier (UE) - 34.3 EFF
Mac Belo (FEU) - 34.0 EFF
Almond Vosotros (DLSU) - 33.9 EFF
Gino Jumao-as (UE) - 33.3 EFF
Russel Escoto (FEU) - 32.8 EFF
Kyles Lao (UP) - 32.3 EFF

Mike Tolomia (right) should be an MVP contender this season.
(image by Jan Dizon/Inboundpass.com)

Top 5 Newcomers Overall as of July 14, 2014:
Ivan Villanueva (ADU) - 38.8 EFF
Moustapha Arafat (UE) - 31.7 EFF
Jay Javelosa (ADMU) - 26.0 EFF
John Apacible (ADMU) - 25.0 EFF
Rev Diputado (NU) - 23.3 EFF

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