ROOKIE Christian Standhardinger could end up winning the Best Player of the Conference award in Season 43 Philippine Basketball Association Governors’ Cup.
The 6’8 Filipino-German is currently leading solo in the race for the Best Player of the Conference award.
“I think he (Standhardinger) is deserving if he wins the Best Player of the Conference because I know he is really working very hard in practices and games,” San Miguel Beer coach Leo Austria told The Manila Times in a phone interview on Wednesday.
Standhardinger’s 23.3 points, 13.6 rebounds and 1.6 assists in the elimination round, equivalent to 43.1 statistical points, are way ahead of the 34.8 SPs of Barangay Ginebra San Miguel’s Japeth Aguilar.
Austria added Standhardinger’s impressive stats are an indication of San Miguel Beer’s bright days ahead.
“Definitely, the future is very bright for Christian and San Miguel Beer. Now, I’m really happy that he is stepping up early in this conference without June Mar Fajardo. So in the next All-Filipino, we can use both Christian and June Mar at the same time.”
San Miguel Beer is battling twice-to-beat holder Alaska in the quarterfinals as of press time.
Standhardinger got disqualified for the Rookie of the Year honor after he missed the entire Philippine Cup to play in the Asean Basketball League. His PBA stint started in the middle of the season during the Commissioner’s Cup conference.
The other candidates for the BPC are Alaska’s Chris Banchero (34.2), NorthPort’s Stanley Pringle (34.0), Phoenix Petroleum’s Calvin Abueva (31.9), NorthPort’s Sean Anthony (31.3), Magnolia’s Paul Lee (30.9), TNT KaTropa’s Terrence Romeo (30.4), Ginebra’s Scottie Thompson (30.1), and Columbian Dyip’s Jerramy King (29.1).
Meanwhile, Alaska’s Mike Harris (60.4), Ginebra’s Justin Brownlee (59.1) and Phoenix’s Eugene Phelps (58.0) are in a tight race for the Best Import award.