Arwind Santos

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Arwind Santos
Position Forward
Height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight 170 lb (77 kg)
Nationality Philippines
Born July 19, 1981
Angeles City, Pampanga, Philippines
College Far Eastern University
Pro career 2006present
Former teams Viva Mineral Water, Magnolia (PBL)
Awards one-time PBL Most Valuable Player (2004), two-time UAAP Men's Basketball MVP (2004-2005), one-time UAAP Men's Basketball Finals Most Valuable Player (2005)

Arwind Santos (born July 19, 1981 in Angeles City, Pampanga, Philippines) is a Filipino basketball player, playing for Far Eastern University in the UAAP and the Magnolia Ice Cream Spinners in the Philippine Basketball League. Santos was selected second overall by the Air21 Express in the 2006 PBA Draft.


Amateur career

UAAP career

Santos arrived at the UAAP scene in 2002 with the FEU Tamaraws. With the Tamaraws struggling to enter the Final Four, Santos was still able to put a decent performance. One of the highlights of his freshman year was a game-tying three against eventual champion Ateneo Blue Eagles.

In 2003, Santos led the Tamaraws to the UAAP title for the first time in six seasons, sweeping the Blue Eagles in the process. Santos was a candidate to win the Most Valuable Player Award, but was beaten by University of the East star James Yap.

Santos would win the Most Valuable Player plum the next season but the Tamaraws lost to the De La Salle Green Archers in three crucial games. However, with the controversy that surrounded the Archers, the title is rumoured to be given to the Morayta-based team.

With rumors speculating Santos' potential jump to the PBA lingering, Santos decided to play one more season in 2005, winning his second straight MVP Award and led the Tamaraws to a 2-0 sweep of Green Archers in the finals. However, controversy struck Santos, as he was deliberately hit in the back by DLSU team assistant manager Manny Salgado after the first game of the series. Santos averaged a double double in his final year.

Philippine Basketball League

In 2003, Santos made his PBL debut for Viva Mineral Water, a team comprised of fellow FEU teammates. After a slow start, he led the Water Force all the way to the PBL Unity Cup Finals, where they lost in five games to Hapee Toothpaste.

In 2004 , Santos led Viva to its first PBL crown, defeating Welcoat Paints. He also won the PBL MVP during the Unity Cup. In 2006, he led Magnolia to the PBL Heroes Cup title, coming back from 0-2 deficit to defeat Rain or Shine Elasto Painters. Despite Magnolia's early exit in the 2006 Unity Cup, he was named to the Mythical Team in his final PBL conference.

Professional career

In the 2006 PBA Draft, Santos was selected second overall by the Air21 Express. He later signed a deal to play his first three seasons with the team, playing alongside Ranidel and Yancy de Ocampo and KG Canaleta.

He ranked first among rookies in scoring during the Philippine Cup and almost led the Express to a quarterfinals appearance only to fall to the Sta. Lucia Realtors in a knockout match.

Santos is one of the leading contenders for the Rookie of the Year honors at season's end with the likes of Sta Lucia's Kelly Williams and Welcoat's Jay-Arr Reyes as among the possible winners.

International career

Recently, he joined the Philippine national basketball team for the 2006 William Jones Cup in Taiwan. The team finished sixth out of the eight teams in the tournament. Santos was ejected in one of the games due to an altercation with an opponent.

Personal Life

Santos has had a tumultuous young personal life. He had a daughter with his wife Karyn, but is now married to Ivette Iza Gavieres, daughter of his former FEU coach Danny. He has a child with Gavieres.



Philippine Basketball League

  • 1-Time PBL Most Valuable Player
    • 2004 PBL Unity Cup

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Preceded by
James Yap
UAAP Men's Basketball Most Valuable Player
Season 67 (2004)- Season 68 (2005)
Succeeded by
Ken Bono
Preceded by
Mark Cardona
UAAP Men's Basketball Finals Most Valuable Player
Season 68 (2005)
Succeeded by
Jojo Duncil

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