If there was one person within University of Perpetual Help that fully encapsulated the team’s rise from the bottom of the NCAA hierarchy to the upper echelon, it would be center Prince Eze.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments “When coach Frankie came in I listened and he also listened to me,” said Eze. “Thank God it worked out really well because everybody feels at home, practice feels like you’re going to your family.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Eze was already the lone star big man of the Altas in Season 93 but that year ended in disaster for them as they finished with a 4-14 record.Season 94, though, was a renaissance for the Altas who improved to an 11-7 card and became the fourth seed behind Eze’s MVP-worthy performance.“I kept on working and I knew I have to step up my usage because it’s been an honor to play in Perpetual,” said Eze who had 13 points, 13 rebounds, and four blocks in his final game for the school.Part of Eze’s MVP play was the trust head coach Frankie Lim gave him. Lim arrived in Perpetual in January and the first person he talked to was Eze.“When I arrived, he was the first person I talked to and I told him that I need his commitment here,” said Lim in Filipino. “We have to maximize him because he’s 6-for-10 that can rebound, block shots, and can score.”ADVERTISEMENT Despite Final 4 exit, Perpetual ‘overachieved’ in NCAA Season 94 The 6-foot-10 big man was the Altas’ diligent soldier in the early part of his career playing behind Bright Akhuetie in his first two years in the league.Eze was seen as just an extra big man who will play a few minutes as Akhutie took his breather.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThings, however, changed for Eze when Akhutie left Perpetual to play with University of the Philippines in the UAAP.“When I came here I know what I can do and Bright was playing then so I was just in the support role,” said Eze after the Altas lost to San Beda 83-72 in the Final Four of the NCAA Season 94 men’s basketball tournament Friday at Filoil Flying V Center.