AS EXPECTED, the familiar names dominated the final rankings of the Chooks To Go National Basketball Training Center (NBTC) 24 for 2019-2020. Topping the list is forward Rhayyan Amsali of San Beda University-Rizal followed by center Carl Vincent Tamayo of Nazareth School of National University who both took Most Valuable Player of the Finals honors in leading their schools to the championships in their mother leagues.
Also barging into the Top Ten are Karl Kevin Quiambao of NSNU (3rd), Maclaude Guadana of Lyceum of the Philippines University-Cavite (4th), John Jake Figueroa of Adamson University (5th), John Bismarck Lina of University of Santo Tomas (6th), John Ronald Barba of LPU (7th), Joshua Lazaro of Ateneo de Manila University (8th), Terrence John Fortea of NSNU (9th) and Anfernee Estacio of Far Eastern University (10th). The players were evaluated by a panel of experts consisting of coaches and sports media.
Earning spots 11th to 15th are Jonnel Policarpio of Mapua Univeristy, Francis Lopez of ADMU, Cholo Anonuevo of FEU, Justine Sanchez of SBU and Sean Rence Keith Padrigao ng ADMU. Occupying 16th to 20th are Gerry Austin Abadiano of NSNU, Yukien Andrada and Winston Jay Ynot of SBU, Recaredo Christian Calimag of La Salle Green Hills and Joshua Ramirez of Colegio de San Juan de Letran.
The list consists mainly of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) stalwarts. However, a few representatives were selected from the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation (CeSAFI) and Filipino-Chinese leagues.
At 20th and 21st is a pair of former Batang Gilas candidates in guard Joshua Cajucom from Hope Christian High School and forward Miguel Tan of Xavier School. Rounding out the list are CeSAFI products Isaiah Blanco of University of Cebu who is already following the footsteps of his father MBA and PBA legend Councilor Dondon Hontiveros and point guard Mike Boniel of CeSAFI champion Sacred Heart-Ateneo de Cebu who played well in the NBTC Cebu qualifiers last month.
The 24 will be divided into two teams for the NBTC All-Star Game set as part of the 2020 Chooks To Go NBTC National Finals at the SM Mall of Asia Arena from April 20 to 26. They will be joined by standouts from the Filipino community teams from the United States, Canada and the Middle East in the annual gathering of the best high school prospects.