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Rookie Clint Escamis of Mapua crowned NCAA MVP

MANILA, Philippines — The Pilipinas Super League is turning out to become a coll ection of basketball legends.

Right after naming Philippine basketball’s shooting icon Allan Caidic as commissioner an d tapping his longtime Presto teammate, Gerry Esplana, as his deputy, the fastest-growing nationwide basketball organization is now welcoming a few more PBA stars in their family.

On Saturday, the PSL formally introduced Peter June Simon, an eight-time PBA champion, as the deputy commissioner for the league’s Mindanao leg.

A member of the 2014 grand slam team of San Mig Coffee, Simon is excited to embrace on his new, but more challenging role as a league executive.

“This is a new chapter for me, a new journey. So tho those people in Mindanao, watch out for PSL’s Mindanao leg in January.”      

Two years ago, Simon and fellow franchise great Marc Pingris, were given tribute by Magnolia as their jersey numbers were officially retired.

But Simon will not only be the other former PBA stars that is joining the PSL as Caidic, the record holder for the most points (79) and most number of 3-point shots (17) in a game is also proud to welcome Dondon Hontiveros and Jayvee Gayoso as two more deputies. 

A multiple-time PBA champion,  Hontiveros is going to become the deputy commissioner for the Visayas while Gayoso, a former Ginebra star, will become the deputy commissioner for Luzon.

MANILA, Philippines — Another Rookie-Most Valuable Player has been named in the NCAA.

Two seasons since Rhenz Abando was awarded the Rookie-MVP of the season, Clint Escamis was able to take home the same feat.

This season, the MVP and Rookie of the Year Escamis averaged 16.6 points, 4.5 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game for the Mapua Cardinals.

He also normed 3.6 steals per game.

The former Mapua Red Robin and UE Red Warrior led the Cardinals to the Season 99 finals against the San Beda Red Lions.

Escamis and the rest of the Ca rdinals are eyeing to close out the best-of-three championship series Sunday afternoon.

Aside from the Rookie of the Year and MVP awards, the guard was also named a member of Season 99 Mythical Five, along with Lyceum’s Enoch Valdez, Perpetual’s Art Roque, Emilio Aguinaldo College’s JP Maguliano and Mapua’s Warren Bonifacio.

Escamis also named it to the All-Defensive Team, along with San Sebastian’s Romel Calahat, Arellano’s Lorenz Capulong, Valdez and Maguliano.

The Defensive Player of the Year is Calahat, while Roque is Most Improved Player.

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