Friday, September 7, 2007
MVP Year(s): 1998 (Alaska)
College: Adamson University
At first, he was heralded as the second coming of Bog Adornado. Later, he unveiled a leaping ability and a perimeter game that had everybody comparing him to Meneses. But in 1998, Duremdes established his own identity and walked away with the league's highest and most elusive individual award, the Most Valuable Player trophy.
Earning a reputation as the most destructive offensive weapon in the amateurs, Duremdes joined Sunkist in 1995 and spent two uneventful seasons there under the shadows of Meneses. His transfer to Alaska two seasons later paved the way for his emergence as a certified PBA superstar and his meteoric rise to MVP heights secured his place among the all-time greats.