Kelvin dela Peña

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In this Philippine name. The middle name or maternal family name is dela Peña and the surname or paternal family name is dela Pena.
Kelvin dela Peña
NCAA Season 83 Awards.jpg
Kelvin dela Peña (center) is named MVP and one of Mythical 5 members of the 2007 NCAA Season 83.
Personal information
Born (1984-01-19) January 19, 1984 (age 33)
Manila, Philippines
Nationality Filipino / Canadian
Listed height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Listed weight 175 lb (79 kg)
Career information
High school Bishop McNally (Calgary, Alberta)
College Mapúa Institute of Technology
PBA draft 2008 Round: 2 / Pick: 15th overall
Selected by the Alaska Aces
Playing career 2008–present
Position Point guard / Shooting guard
Number 12
Career history
2008–2010 Alaska Aces
2011–2012 San Miguel Beermen
2013–2015 Calgary Crush (ABA)
Career highlights and awards
  • NCAA Rookie of the Year (2005)
  • NCAA Most Valuable Player (2007)
  • NCAA Mythical First Team (2007)

Kelvin Charles Chicote dela Peña (born January 19, 1984 Makati, Philippines) is a Filipino-Canadian professional basketball athlete who played shooting guard for the Alaska Aces of the PBA, the San Miguel Beermen of the ASEAN Basketball League and Calgary Crush of the ABA.

Early life[edit]

Dela Peña is the youngest son of Susan Chicote-dela Peña and of former Mapuan / San Miguel PBA athlete Ricardo dela Peña, and brother to Richard dela Peña, who also has an accomplished background in basketball.

Dela Peña was raised in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, where he began his basketball career and suited up for Mount Royal University Cougars. He was named in the All-Canadian team at age of 17 and decided to pursue a career as a professional basketball athlete in the Philippines at age of 20.

National Collegiate Athletic Association[edit]

As a college athlete in the Philippines, dela Peña played four seasons with the NCAA's Mapúa Institute of Technology team, and Philippine Basketball League as well as was a member of the RP team. In his four seasons as a Mapua Cardinal, he was awarded NCAA Season 81 Rookie of the Year, NCAA Season 83 Most Valuable Player, NCAA Season 83 Mythical Five and took the Cardinals to their final four stints all four of his college years earning him the titles of "King Cardinal" and "The Comeback Kid". Towards the final weeks before finishing his senior season of NCAA 84, dela Peña began to suffer from back spasms and played through the pain to assure that the Cardinals qualified in the final four.

Professional career[edit]

Kelvin dela Peña was drafted 15th overall in the second round in the PBA draft and suited up for the Alaska Aces of the Philippine Basketball Association from 2008-2010. Shortly after being drafted, he suffered from three herniated discs in his lower back and a pinched sciatic nerve and was given limited time on the court. After his two years with the Aces, he took a year off to recover. In September 2011, dela Peña became a member of the San Miguel Beermen of the ASEAN Basketball League. He is currently playing basketball in his home town of Calgary Canada for the Calgary Crush; the only Western Canadian team in the American Basketball Association .

References[edit]

Preceded by
PCU's school colors Gabby Espinas
NCAA Seniors' Basketball Rookie of the Year
2005
Succeeded by
San Beda's school colors Sam Ekwe
Preceded by
San Beda's school colors Sam Ekwe
NCAA Seniors' Basketball Most Valuable Player
2007
Succeeded by
San Beda's school colors Sam Ekwe