PLAYING HIS first and only season with San Beda University-Rizal, Rhayyan Amsali emerged as the top prospect of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) edition of the 2020 National Basketball Training Center (NBTC) 24 ratings. The Batang Gilas stalwart saved the best for last and powered the Red Cubs back to the championship for the first time since 2015 and in the process getting named as Most Valuable Player of the Finals.
A one-game suspension incurred during the elimination round disqualified Amsali from any postseason honors but he continued to be San Beda’s leader. A year ago, he was also barred from competing for the entire season due to a problem with his transfer from Nazareth School of National University so he continued to work on his game and played with the national teams in both 5X5 and 3X3.
Three other Red Cubs barged into the Top 10 in Twin Towers Justine Sanchez and Yukien Andrada who placed third and fifth and defensive specialist Winston Ynot at seventh. NCAA regular season MVP John Ronald Barba of losing finalist Lyceum of the Philippines-Cavite finished second while fellow Junior Pirate Mclaude Guadana was fourth.
Others in the Top 10 are Jonnel Policarpio of Mapua University (Sixth), Recaredo Christian Calimag of La Salle Green Hills (Eighth) and the Colegio de San Juan de Letran tandem of Joshua Ramirez (Ninth) and Shawn Michael Umali (10th). The listed players are expected to see action in the 2020 NBTC All-Star Game tentatively set during the week of April 20 to 26 at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.
Billed as a showcase of the best high school players in the country, the NCAA stars will be joined by their counterparts from the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP), Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation (CeSAFI), Filipino-Chinese leagues and representatives from the overseas Filipino communities. However, most of the top graduating Grade 12 pupils have already announced their college plans.
Amsali, Sanchez, Andrada and Ynot have all committed to the Red Lions while Barba and Guadana will move up to the Pirates. Calimag will enrol at the University of the Philippines while Ramirez will attend De La Salle University.
Completing the NCAA NBTC 24 are Dylan Lawrence Darbin and Milo Janao of San Sebastian College, Ian Jolo Manansala and Kobe Christian Palencia of LSGH, John Christopher Recto and Janlourd Danren Nepomuceno of Arellano University, Gholamreza Garcia of Jose Rizal University, Charles Joseph Saure of Letran, Jearelan Omandac of Lyceum, Megan Galang of Mapua, Emmanuel Galman, Shawn Michael Rey Orgo and Edziel Galoy of University of Perpetual Help System-Dalta and Mhelmar Adrian Balowa of Immaculate Conception Academy-EAC.