The Top Five #UAAP77 Shooting Guards as of August 2, 2014

Kiefer Ravena and Mike Tolomia are shoo-ins here, but how about the other three?

Kiefer Ravena and Mike Tolomia are two of the brightest stars outside of the PBA, and it’s no surprise they figure prominently in these rankings. Another top-shelf SG, however, doesn’t crack the top five – La Salle’s Almond Vosotros, who’s had to split time between off-guard and point guard to compensate for the season-ending injury of Thomas Torres. Joining Kief and Mike are two up-and-coming players and Kief’s old running-mate in high school.

Without further ado, here they are – the top five UAAP shooting guards as of August 2, 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. Von Pessumal (AdMU) – 10.3ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.0apg, 1.5 triples per game, .333 3pt%, 1.000 FT%, 7.8 EFF
- Von is playing a career-high 24 minutes per game this season, and it’s no wonder he’s also putting up career-best numbers across the board. It’s clear that he has the green light to shoot from practically anywhere on the floor, and he has, generally, been able to establish himself as one of Ateneo’s primary offensive weapons. His 21-point outburst against DLSU was his coming out party.

4. Gino Jumao-as (UE) – 7.5ppg, 4.0rpg, 3.0apg, 1.3spg, 9.8 EFF
- The former San Sebastian Staglet had a great start this season, scoring 22 points in UE’s first two games, both of which were wins. He has struggled a little bit since then, scoring a total of 8 points against DLSU and FEU, both of which were lost contests. He has been great in transition and finishing around the bucket, but he has yet to hit a three this season after 6 tries. If he can be consistently productive, then UE should really blossom as a leading championship contender.

Gino Jumao-as is slowly coming into his own in Season 77.

3. Kyles Lao (UP) – 13.0ppg, 1.8rpg, 1.8apg, 1.3spg, .512 FG%, 9.8 EFF
- As of this writing (right before UP’s game against UST), Lao has scored double-figures in all but one of the Fighting Maroons’ games. He has also been one of the best in terms of FG%, and that’s saying a lot considering this kid primarily plays from the perimeter-midrange. Remember his 8/9 FG shooting showcase against Ateneo? Wow. Too bad he’s on such a low-flying team.

2. Mike Tolomia (FEU) – 17.0ppg, 3.8rpg, 3.8apg, 2.5 triples per game, .455 3pt%, 11.8 EFF
- Mike Tolomia was expected to be FEU’s main man this season, and, so far, he hasn’t disappointed, leading the Tamaraws to a 3-1 record so far. He has hit at least three triples in all but one of FEU’s contests so far, and it really looks like he’s finally showing his true worth now that both Terrence Romeo and RR Garcia are not around. Look for this kid to continue his stellar play and strongly contend for the Season 77 MVP plum.

Mike Tolomia will be the barometer of how good FEU will be.

1. Kiefer Ravena (AdMU) – 20.8ppg, 4.3rpg, 4.0apg, 1.8spg, 1.8 triples per game, .350 3pt%, .800 FT%, 16.5 EFF
- Speaking of the season MVP, most people feel Ravena will figure significantly in that discussion. That’s no surprise, of course, given how Ravena is so talented, athletic, and court savvy. I mean, this guy leads the league in scoring, and is among the top three in both assists and steals. In addition, he’s playing with a chip on his shoulder as Season 76 was the first time he ended a season NOT the champ since 2008.

Kiefer Ravena for MVP? He's been playing like one so far.

Outside looking in:
William Polican (AdU) – 6.0 EFF
Almond Vosotros (DLSU) – 5.0 EFF
J-Jay Alejandro (NU) – 4.0 EFF

All images are by Marlon Bernabe/BurnSports.

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no doubt Kiefer Ravena is back to his old self a Beast..well he is not called The Phenom for nothing..