KAI Sotto has a reminder for everyone: the 7-foot-1 prodigy is for real.
The towering Ateneo proved once again this past week that he's the standard in the UAAP Season 81 juniors basketball tournament as he effortlessly shattered his former scoring-high to churn out a new career-best 36 points to lead his side to a dominant rout of UP Integrated School.
Not only that, but Sotto also grabbed 11 rebounds, three assists, and three blocks in what was a masterful performance to lead the Blue Eaglets.
That performance rightfully earned him the top spot in the fifth week of the Chooks-to-Go NBTC UAAP 24 weekly rankings.
Sotto becomes the first UAAP player this season to reclaim the top spot after ruling the race in the first week of competition.
Closely behind Sotto for the spot are the NU Bullpups' dynamic guard duo of Gerry Abadiano and Terrence Fortea, who have kept their side unbeaten through five games.
UST's Mark Nonoy sits at fourth, followed by FEU-Diliman's RJ Abarrientos at fifth.
Making the top 10 this week are Kevin Quiambao of NU, Lorenz Capulong of Adamson, the De La Salle Zobel pair of Lance Jomalesa and Ivan Cudiamat, and Adamson's Andrey Doria.
Bullpups center Carl Tamayo suffered the biggest drop from eighth last week to 24 after missing his second straight game.
Here are the complete Week 5 rankings of the Chooks-to-Go/NBTC UAAP 24:
1. Kai Sotto (ADMU) (4)
2. Gerry Abadiano (NU) (5)
3. Terrence Fortea (NU) (1)
4. Mark Nonoy (UST) (2)
5. RJ Abarrientos (FEU) (3)
6. Kevin Quiambao (NU) (6)
7. Lorenz Capulong (AdU) (19)
8. Lance Jomalesa (DLSZ) (17)
9. Ivan Cudiamat (DLSZ) (N/A)
10. Andrey Doria (AdU) (N/A)
11. Adam Doria (AdU) (N/A)
12. Bismarck Lina (UST) (9)
13. Royce Alforque (FEU) (7)
14. Ian Espinosa (ADMU) (N/A)
15.Johnvic Casingcasing (UST) (15)
16. Joem Sabandal (AdU) (10)
17.Cyril Gonzales (NU) (16)
18. Vincent Marzan (UST) (N/A)
19.Ralph Labao (UPIS) (24)
20. RR Tolentino (FEU) (N/A)
21. Reyland Torres (NU) (N/A)
22. Allen Torres (UPIS) (N/A)
23. Shane Dichoso (UE) (21)
24. Carl Tamayo (NU) (8)
This year, there will be three separate editions of the NBTC 24 – one for the NCAA, one for the UAAP, and one for the CESAFI – to accommodate the Juniors calendar for the whole year.
After all three editions have been completed, a final list composing the top 24 players nationwide will then be chosen to participate in the annual NBTC All-Star Game in March.