The Top Five #UAAP77 Power Forwards as of August 11, 2014

Not surprisingly, the UAAP power forward position is stocked with talent. Heck, even minnows Adamson and UP have legit 4s who can mix it up and light it up at the drop of a hat. Of course, there are the requisite stat-stuffers like Mac Belo, Jason Perkins, and Troy Rosario, but, there are a couple of other names we cannot discount, including the leading Rookie of the Year candidate.

It's a rich pool of talent in our Top 5 UAAP PFs!

And, well, where has Aljon Mariano’s game gone anyway? He’s been inconsistent like crazy.

Without further ado, here they are – the top five UAAP power forwards as of August 11, 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. Arvin Tolentino (AdMU) – 12.1ppg, 7.6rpg, 1.0bpg, 1.9 triples per game, .302 3pt%, 11.7 EFF
- Nicknamed “The Big Easy” because, well, he’s pretty much plays the way most people walk along Manila Bay. It's not that he’s lazy. Rather, I choose to believe that the game just comes so easy to him that it LOOKS LIKE he’s taking things too easily. Still, look at that line. We know he’ll be ROY, right? I mean, c’mon.

Arvin Tolentino is the runaway leader for Rookie of the Year
in Season 77.
(image by Raddy Mabasa/

4. Troy Rosario (NU) – 11.3ppg, 8.3rpg, 1.6apg, 13.0 EFF
- Rosario’s streak of double-digit scoring games was broken when NU lost to FEU this past weekend. Still, the 6’7 big man remains one of the league’s most versatile players. Rosario can put the ball on the floor, spot up, or score off drop passes. It’s hard to believe he played just over 12 minutes per outing last year.

3. Jason Perkins (DLSU) – 10.7ppg, 8.3rpg, 1.6apg, .882 FT%, 13.6 EFF
- Despite being on the UAAP’s most loaded lineup, Perkins finds a way to score, rebound, and basically do whatever the team needs. He tends to play to the level of La Salle’s competition, but that should change soon since the Archers are aiming at the top spot at the end of the elims.

2. JR Gallarza (UP) – 11.9ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.4apg, 1.1bpg, 2.1 triples per game, .357 3pt%, 13.6 EFF
- Gallarza has the slightest of edges over Perkins mainly because the former has been more consistent, scoring in double-digits in 5 of UP’s last six contests. He has also been a revelation from the perimeter, making more than 2 treys per outing. Nobody predicted it, but this kid from Ontario has slowly emerged as the league’s top stretch 4.

Fil-Can JR Gallarza is having a breakout season for UP.
(image by Marlon Bernabe/Burn Sports)

1. Mac Belo (FEU) – 17.2ppg, 5.7rpg, 2.5apg, .612 FG%, 17.7 EFF
- Some people think Belo might be the next coming of Arwind Santos. I think he has what it takes to maybe be even better. He just plays with so much energy, and his motor just doesn’t stop. And he doesn’t really even play a ton of minutes (just 25 a game). He’ll definitely challenge for the MVP plum by season’s end, but, more importantly, he has blossomed into the kind of frontline presence the Tamaraws sorely need.

Mac Belo is a leader in the Season 77 MVP race.
Is he better than Arwind Santos already?
(image by Marlon Bernabe/Burn Sports)

Outside looking in:
Carl Cruz (FEU) – 9.2 EFF
Aljon Mariano (UST) – 8.5 EFF
Chris Javier (UE) – 8.5 EFF

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