The Top Five #UAAP77 Centers as of August 12, 2014

Though names like Kiefer Ravena, Mike Tolomia, Jeron Teng, and Roi Sumang have been floated as strong MVP contenders this season, there is still no doubt that big men dominate the stat-sheets. In the previous post, we already saw how PFs have been so productive in Season 77, but the good ol’ center spot also has its share of worthy MVP race protagonists.

Presenting the top five "men in the middle" of the UAAP.

Without further ado, here they are – the top five UAAP centers as of August 12, 2014:

*These rankings are based on average Player Efficiency (EFF) calculations.
**EFF = {[(points + rebounds + assists + steals + blocks) – (turnovers + field goals missed + free throws missed)] ÷ # of games}

5. Arnold Van Opstal (DLSU) – 7.3ppg, 6.8rpg, 2.5apg, .500 FG%, 9.5 EFF
- Despite the slight dip in his scoring, not to mention his current injury, AVO remains one of the league’s top slotmen. The 6’9 center is still as imposing as they come, despite the oddity that he’s norming under 1 block per game. Needless to say, when he returns to DLSU’s rotation, the Archers will be much tougher to deal with.

4. Anthony Hargrove (FEU) – 8.7ppg, 7.5rpg, .594 FG%, .824 FT%, 12.5 EFF
- The FEU big man was supposed to be a steadying force this season for the Tamaraws, and though he hasn’t consistently dominated offensively, he’s still one big reason why the Morayta five are considered title contenders. He started the season slow, but he has recorded two double-doubles in his last three games, so he might be peaking at a good time for the Tams.

Anthony Hargrove has been a solid contributor for the Tamaraws. At least he's no longer in jail, right?
(image by Nicki Rasgo/Burn Sports)

3. Norbert Torres (DLSU) – 8.2ppg, 7.8rpg, 3.0apg, .550 FG%, 12.8 EFF
- The Bear has always had a knack for struggling to finish around the basket, but this year he is shooting a career-best 55% from the field. His scoring and blocks have dipped a little bit, but he’s still an imposing force in the shaded lane for the repeat-seeking Greenies. Look for him to continue being a solid inside option for coach Juno Sauler moving forward.

2. Alfred Aroga (NU) - 10.4ppg, 9.7rpg, 1.0apg, 2.3bpg, 14.3 EFF
- Aroga has taken the league by storm and has taken NU up the ladder in only his first year in the UAAP. Nobody really misses Emmanuel Mbe, not with the way Aroga has been playing. I mean, he does so many things for Coach E – score, rebound, and protect the rim. He and Troy Rosario have definitely formed one of the most fearsome frontline combos in college basketball.

Alfred Aroga has been having a great debut season
in the UAAP.
(image by Marlon Bernabe/Burn Sports)

1. Karim Abdul (UST) – 13.7ppg, 8.5rpg, 2.2apg, 1.3bpg, .718 FT%, 14.8 EFF
- Abdul’s scoring, rebounding, and blocked shots are down from last season, but he’s still playing well enough to be the league’s best overall center. He has scored 11 or more points in all but one of UST’s games so far this season, and he has also noticeably improved his free throw shooting. As the Tigers fight through a gauntlet of must-wins in the next round, they will count, again, on Abdul to carry them back to the Finals.

Karim Abdul continues to dominate the war in the paint for the UST Growling Tigers.
(image by Bianca Planas/TomasinoWeb)

Outside looking in:
Mark Juruena (UP) – 9.0 EFF
Ponso Gotladera (AdMU) – 8.0 EFF
Moustapha Arafat (UE) – 8.0 EFF

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