La Salle’s Aljun Melecio will be awarded with the UAAP men’s basketball Rookie of the Year plum instead of Adamson’s Jerrick Ahanmisi.
The league officially named the Green Archers’ spitfire guard the said award on Monday owing to a technicality that disqualified the younger brother of Rain Or Shine’s rising star Maverick.
Ahanmisi was the best player among the freshmen with 44.5 statistical points, while Melecio was a distant second with 36.5714.
However, Ahanmisi was revealed to have stopped schooling for one year after finishing his secondary studies at the Valley Christian High School in the United States before finally attending college at Adamson, making him ineligible for the award.
Melecio, meanwhile, decided to stay in the Green Archers’ lair after a stellar career at La Salle-Zobel in the juniors division.
He will be formally handed the Rookie of the Year during the basketball individual awards at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on Wednesday right before Game 2 of the finals between La Salle and Ateneo.