Slaughter on track for Comm Cup BPC plum, Wilkerson heads Best Import race

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By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA--Greg Slaughter is making a statement for the Best Player of the PBA Commissioner's Cup, while Tyler Wilkerson is a frontrunner for the Best Import plum as the elimination round is reaching its conclusion.

As per a copy of the stats obtained by Dugout Philippines on Thursday, the seven-foot Ginebra behemoth is in the top five in scoring and blocks while leading the locals in rebounding, while the San Miguel foreign recruit has a solid all-around performance so far.

Slaughter ranks fourth among locals in scoring with 17.7 point a game, the most among the big men. Only Terrence Romeo (25.3), Carlo Lastimosa (22.3), and Jayson Castro (20.0) have better point average than Slaughter.

However, he tops the local rebounding race with 10.3 rebounds a match while being third in blocks with 1.3 swats an outing.

Romeo's Best Player bid could be hampered by the fact that he is outside the topnotchers in assists and currently leads the locals in turnovers although he is at the top ten in steals.

On the other hand, Wilkerson leads the imports in scoring with a 34.7 point-per-game clip while also making the top ten in rebounds (12.3), assists (2.0), blocks (2.2), and steals (1.2).

Among the freshmen, Arth Dela Cruz is barely ahead of his former D-League teammate at Hapee, Chris Newsome, in scoring but is way ahead of the other rookies in steals, even leading all players in the said category, putting him in a good contention for the Rookie of the Year award.

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