Ateneo’s Kai Sotto top high school player in week 1 of NBTC 24

/ 04:28 PM January 15, 2018


Towering over the competition, 15-year-old sensation Kai Sotto emerged as the top high school player in the first installation of the Chooks-to-Go NBTC 24 weekly power rankings.

The 7-footer was sensational for the undefeated Blue Eaglets this past week as he collected 11 points, 12 rebounds, and five blocks in their 78-54 win over University of Santo Tomas in the UAAP Season 80 juniors tournament.


Every week, a panel of coaches, sportswriters, and a statistician converge to come up with the weekly rankings to determine the top 24 high school players in the UAAP, CESAFI-NBTC, MMBL, and FCAAF tournaments, together with the recently-concluded NCAA competition.

The players are ranked based on the following criteria: league stats, impact in team, team record, leadership, defense, offense, and level of competition.


The top 24 players still on the board for the power rankings in early March will be picked to play in the SM-National Basketball Training Center (NBTC) High School All-Star Game later that month at Mall of Asia Arena.

Here is the list for the first week of Chooks-to-Go NBTC 24:

  1. Kai Sotto, center, Ateneo
  2. Joel Cagulangan, guard, St. Benilde
  3. Will Gozum, center, Mapua
  4. CJ Cansino, forward, UST
  5. SJ Belangel, guard, Ateneo
  6. L-Jay Gonzales, guard, FEU-Diliman
  7. Rhayyan Amsali, forward, NU
  8. Dave Ildefonso, forward, Ateneo
  9. Aaron Fermin, center, Arellano
  10. Clint Escamis, guard, Mapua
  11. Inand Fornilos, forward, CSB-LSGH
  12. Evan Nelle, guard, San Beda
  13. Warren Bonifacio, center, Mapua
  14. John Galinato, guard, Chiang Kai Shek
  15. RJ Abarrientos, guard, FEU-Diliman
  16. Terrence Fortea, guard, NU
  17. Jancork Cabahug, forward, UV
  18. Mac Guadaña, guard, Lyceum
  19. Raven Cortez, center, La Salle Zobel
  20. Harvey Pagsanjan, guard, Hope Christian
  21. Jielo Razon, guard, Perpetual
  22. Joem Sabandal, guard, Adamson
  23. Maui Cruz, guard, EAC
  24. Niel Tolentino, guard, Letran
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