Kai Sotto still on top as fellow Eaglet SJ Belangel jumps to third in NBTC rankings
Kai Sotto is still the best high school basketball cager in the country according to NBTC's player rankings. Dante Peralta

KAI Sotto stayed at number one in the NBTC-Chooks To Go High School Power Rankings, as Ateneo teammate SJ Belangel made it to the top three after the second week of the rankings.

Sotto emerged as the top high school player, according to a panel of coaches and mediamen, after averaging 12.5 points, 11.4 rebounds, and four blocks in Ateneo’s two victories this week that gave them a 10-0 record in the UAAP Season 80 juniors eliminations.

Joel Cagulangan of La Salle Greenhills stayed in second after finishing with 12 points in the Greenies in their quarterfinal loss to Mapua over the weekend in the MMBL.

Belangel, meanwhile, climbed to third from fifth after a 20-point output in Ateneo’s slim 68-65 win over Far Eastern University in UAAP action last week.

NCAA MVP Migs Gozum of Mapua dropped from third to fourth, while FEU’s L-Jay Gonzales is now in fifth in the power rankings in which the top 24 players in the rankings will play in the NBTC All-Star Game on March at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Dave Ildefonso of Ateneo, Rhayyan Amsali of National University, CJ Cansino of University of Santo Tomas, Clint Escamis of Mapua, and Aaron Fermin of Arellano round out the top 10 of the list also called as ‘NBTC 24’.

Terrence Fortea of NU, RJ Abarrientos of FEU, Inand Fornilos of LSGH, Evan Nelle of San Beda, and Warren Bonifacio of Mapua occupy the 11th to 15th spots.

John Galinato of Chiang Kai Shek College, McLaude Guadana of Lyceum, Raven Cortez of De La Salle-Zobel, Harvey Pagsanjan of Hope Christian High School, and Maui Cruz of Emilio Aguinaldo College took the 16th to 20th places.

Joaqui Manuel of Ateneo made it to the power rankings, placing 21st, while Harold Alarcon of Bacolod Tay Tung High School, who finished with 51 points in an NBTC tournament in Bacolod City, is now at the 22nd spot.

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University of Visayas teammates Jancork Cabahug and Joshua Yerro are at 23rd and 24th.

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