Kai Sotto, Will Gozum, high school standouts to be ranked in NBTC 24
ABS-CBN Sports on Jan 08, 2018 02:55 PM
Is Kai Sotto the top high school player in the country?
The SM-National Basketball Training Center (NBTC) is already gearing up for the seventh High School All-Star Game this coming March.
In doing so, the SM-NBTC will release weekly rankings for high school players taking part in the UAAP, CESAFI-NBTC, MMBL, and FCAAF tournaments as well as the recently concluded NCAA competition.
Every week, a selection committee composed of several reputable sportswriters covering the various high school tourneys including two coaches and one statistician will meet to rank the top 24 players around the country.
As such, for the first time ever, players like Ateneo de Manila High School’s SJ Belangel and Kai Sotto, Mapua University’s Will Gozum, La Salle Greenhills’ Joel Cagulangan, and University of Sto. Tomas’ CJ Cansino will be ranked on a weekly leaderboard that may or may not change based on their performance.
Criteria for judging includes the following: offense, defense, team record, statisics, impact on team, and level of competition.
The eighth and final of these rankings will then be used to determine the 24 players who will take part in the annual SM-NBTC High School All-Star Game on March at the MOA Arena.
For program director Eric Altamirano, this is nothing but a step forward for all of Philippine basketball. “SM-NBTC believes that these rankings will make the race to be part of the top 24 high school players more exciting while also making more of people aware of the abundance of talent that’s at hand in the high school level,” he said.
The SM-NBTC 24 will be announced every Monday from January 15 to March 5.