The Top Five #UAAP77 Point Guards

Gone are the days of Jeric Fortuna, RR Garcia, LA Revilla, and Emman Monfort. All those guys have been drafted into the PBA and are playing at a higher level. In the current UAAP season, UE’s Roi Sumang rules the roost of point guards.

Or does he? Is UE’s top gun part of the current top five point guards, or is he outside looking in?

Using the average Player Efficiency (EFF) calculation, here are the the top five UAAP point guards as of August 1, 2014:

**EFF = {[(points + rebounds + assists + steals + blocks) – (turnovers + field goals missed + free throws missed)] ÷ # of games} 

5. Dan Alberto (UE) – 8.3ppg, 2.0apg, 1.3rpg, 1.0spg, 2.3 triples per game, .563 3pt%, 8.3 EFF

- Nope. It’s not a mistake. UE’s second-string playmaker has been more efficient that its starter and bona fide superstar, Roi Sumang. Alberto plays just 16 minutes per game, but he’s the team’s third-best scorer and sharpest three-point shooter. Don’t sleep on his 2 assists and 1 steal per outing, too.

4. Jamil Sheriff (UST) – 4.3ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.7apg, 1.7spg, .667 FG%, 8.3 EFF

- How does a 5-foot-7 guy grab more than 5 rebounds per game in the most competitive collegiate league in the country? Beats me, but, hey, this guy is actually doing it. This Fil-Canadian won’t wow you with his scoring prowess (despite shooting better than 66% from the floor), but he does the little things, the dirty work, than enables a team to be competitive. Still, he sure as hell ain’t no Jeric Fortuna.

3. Nico Elorde (AdMU) – 7.0ppg, 3.8rpg, 4.5apg, 1.3spg, .750 FT%, 9.0 EFF

- Elorde wasn’t projected to start this year. That was supposed to be Jerie Pingoy’s job, but we all know what happened, right? Elorde has really come into his own, though, running second overall in assists per game while also among the league’s top five in steals. Now if he can only make a three… (He’s 0/10 so far in four games)

2. Achie Iñigo (FEU) – 4.8ppg, 4.8rpg, 3.3apg, 1.0spg, 9.3 EFF

- After the departure of both Terrence Romeo and RR Garcia, the point guard position was supposed to be FEU’s Achilles’s Heel, but, instead, Iñigo has done a bang-up job for coach Nash Racela. The former Letran Squire has really stepped up, grabbing rebounds, dishing dimes, and getting steals while leaving the scoring to Mike Tolomia and Mac Belo. 

1. Gelo Alolino (NU) – 11.6ppg, 3.8rpg, 2.0apg, 1.8spg, 1.2 triples per game, .333 3pt%, .800 FT%, 11.4 EFF

- Here’s an interesting fact: Alolino has upped his scoring, shooting, and steals numbers this year despite playing 7 fewer minutes per game for the Bulldogs. Now that, my friends, is efficiency. And where are the Dogs now? Right on top of the standings with three wins in four games. Until Sumang gets his act together, there’s no toppling Alolino at the peak of the UAAP’s PGs.

Outside looking in:

Roi Sumang (UE) – 7.5 EFF

Rev Diputado (NU) – 5.8 EFF

Axel Iñigo (AdU) – 5.0 EFF 

- Rappler.com