Ateneo 1-2 punch Sotto and Belangel now also 1-2 in NBTC 24

Ateneo 1-2 punch Sotto and Belangel now also 1-2 in NBTC 24
Ateneo can now boast of having the top two players in all of high school in the third week of the NBTC 24

For the third straight week big man, Kai Sotto of Ateneo de Manila High School was the consensus top high school prospect in the NBTC Chooks-to-Go 24.

However, the battle for the top point guard in the Juniors division is still heating up.

After steering the Blue Eaglets to an 11-0 slate, SJ Belangel overtook Joel Cagulangan of College of St. Benilde-La Salle Green Hills for the second spot.

Almost every UAAP prospect in the top 10 last week shot up a spot but it was Far Eastern University-Diliman shooting guard RJ Abarrientos who made the biggest leap, jumping to nine. 

Continuing his steady play, Ateneo's Joaqui Manuel broke into the Top 20, finishing 17th after making his debut at 21 a week ago.

Reigning CESAFI Most Valuable Player Beirn Laurente of University of Visayas made his debut while Joem Sabandal of Adamson made his return to the weekly rankings.

NBTC Chooks-to-Go 24
End of Week 3

1. Kai Sotto, Ateneo (1)
2. SJ Belangel, Ateneo (3)
3. Joel Cagulangan, CSB-LSGH (2)
4. Will Gozum, Mapua (4)
5. L-Jay Gonzales, FEU-Diliman (5)
6. Rhayann Amsali, NU (7)
7. CJ Cansino, UST (8)
8. Dave Ildefonso, Ateneo (6)
9. RJ Abarrientos FEU-Diliman (12)
10. Clint Escamis, Mapua (9)
11. Terrence Fortea, NU (11)
12. Aaron Fermin, Arellano (10)
13. Inand Fornilos, CSB-LSGH (13)
14. Evan Nelle, San Beda (14)
15. John Galinato, CKSC (16)
16. Warren Bonifacio, Mapua (15)
17. Joaqui Manuel, Ateneo (21)
18. Raven Cortez, DLSZ (18)
19. Mac Guadana, LPU (17)
20. Harvey Pagsanjan, Hope Christian (19)
21. Maui Cruz, EAC (20)
22. Joem Sabandal, Adamson (n/a)
23. Beirn Laurente, UV (n/a)
24. Harold Alarcon, Bacolod Tay Tung (22)

The Juniors stars were ranked using the following criteria: league stats, impact in team, team record, leadership, defense, offense, and level of competition.

These rankings will 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.

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