Arinze Onuaku named Best Import

Despite failing to lead Meralco to a first-ever Finals appearance in franchise history, wide-bodied import Arinze Onuaku was named the Bobby Parks-Best Import in the Oppo-PBA Commissioner’s Cup Friday night.

The 6-foot-8 Onuaku beat out contenders Robert Dozier of Alaska and Rain or Shine’s hulking Pierre Henderson-Niles for the award named after the late Bobby Parks, the pro league’s only 7-time Best Import awardee.

Receiving the award on behalf of Onuaku was Meralco coach Norman Black.

The Bolts bowed to the Aces, 3-2 in their tightly-contested semifinal series over a week ago.

The 29-year-old Onuaku, who played for Syracuse in college, amassed 1132 total statistical points to easily nose out Henderson-Niles, who had 871 and Dozier’s 692.

His total SPs can be broken down to 555 stats, 452 media votes, 50 player votes and 75 from the PBA.

Onuaku has undoubtedly played a big role for the Bolts, helping the 6-year-old PBA franchise improve from last place in the Philippine Cup to the no. 1-ranked squad entering the playoffs.

The power-playing Onuaku averaging 18.7 points, 17.3 rebounds and 1.5 blocks, while he led the league in field goal percentage after getting majority of his shots near the basket. – By Richard Dy