For reigning NCAA Most Valuable Player, Earl Scottie Thompson, putting up big numbers is just another day in the office. After notching his second triple-double in four games, it’s only fitting that Thompson’s effort be recognized.
The proud son of Digos takes the ACCEL Quantum/3XVI NCAA Press Corps Player of the Week honors after scintillating all-around performances against Mapua and San Sebastian. Against the Cardinals, he was just a point short in getting another triple-double, scoring nine points, getting 12 rebounds, and having 10 assists. Thompson finished with 21 points, 15 rebounds, and 14 assists against the Stags to notch his second triple-double of the season, and fifth overall.
In four games, Thompson is averaging unreal numbers by scoring 14 markers a game, grabbing 12.2 boards, and dishing out 9.5 assists.
“Alam ko naman kasi kung gaano sila magpakahirap sa practice kaya talagang hinahanap ko sila. Lahat naman may tiwala ako, di ako namimili ng papasahan. Kung sino yung bakante talaga, lagi kong sinasabi sa kanila na ready to shoot lang sila,” said Thompson when asked about his unselfish ways.
The nice thing about him is that despite his personal achievements, Thompson’s feet still remain on the ground. Any other player who has reached what he’s reached in college won’t be too unselfish, but Thompson is a different player altogether, and that was pointed out by veteran and multi-titled head coach, Aric del Rosario. “Sa status ni Scott, puwede na siya magbuwaya e. Pero mahal niya mga kasama niya, kaya talagang pag may opportunity na ibigay sa mga kakampi niya, pinapasa niya,” he said. “Talagang kahit anong narating niya, team player parin siya. Yun talaga ang kagandahan sa kanya,” he added.
Thompson is the second player from Perpetual Help who was bestowed the weekly honors backed by ACCEL Quantum and 3XVI, after UPHSD’s foreign student-athlete, Bright Akhuetie, was adjudged the same a couple of weeks ago.
Thompson edged out fellow Gilas Cadet member, Jiovanni Jalalon of the Arellano Chiefs, for the weekly individual plum. During the week, Jalalon also notched a triple-double of his own in scoring 12 points, grabbing 10 rebounds, and dishing out 15 assists in their game against EAC. Then, in a classic against Mapua, the Cagayan de Oro native stuffed the stats sheets with 26 points, seven assists, four rebounds, and three steals to give Arellano its third straight win.