MANILA, Philippines – University of Santo Tomas (UST) standout CJ Cansino made a big leap in Week 6 of the Chooks-to-Go/National Basketball Training Center Top 24.
Cansino, who earned Most Valuable Player honors in the UAAP Season 80 juniors tournament, led the Tiger Cubs to wins in two straight do-or-die games, as he bounced back from a horrible second round to lift his team to the semifinals.
Against Adamson University, Cansino scored eight of his 24 points in overtime to power UST to a 73-72 triumph. Two days later, he had 18 points, 16 rebounds, and five assists as the Tiger Cubs stunned defending champions Far Easter University-Diliman, 81-80.
With this string of performances, Cansino barged into the Top 5 after falling to as low as No. 9 in the NBTC 24.
SJ Belangel and Kai Sotto stayed first and second, respectively. Joel Cagulangan of La Salle Greenhills, and University of the Philippines-commit Will Gozum are still at No. 3 and No. 4.
Meanwhile, Beirn Laurente of the University of Visayas Baby Lancers rose to 17th place, after his team bested Alex Visser and the Sacred Heart School-Ateneo de Cebu Magis Eagles in the finals of NBTC Cebu.
Laurente's teammate Joshua Yerro returned to the rankings as well.
Here is the complete rankings after Week 6:
- SJ Belangel, ADMU (1)
- Kai Sotto, ADMU (2)
- Joel Cagulangan, LSGH (3)
- Will Gozum, MU (4)
- CJ Cansino, UST (7)
- L-jay Gonzales, FEU (5)
- Rhayann Amsali, NU (6)
- Dave Ildefonso, ADMU (7)
- Aaron Fermin, AU (9)
- Clint Escamis, MU (10)
- John Galinato, CKSC (11)
- Inand Fornilos, LSGH (12)
- Warren Bonifacio, MU (13)
- RJ Abarrientos, FEU (14)
- Evan Nelle, SBC (15)
- Joem Sabandal, ADU (16)
- Beirn Laurente, UV (20)
- Alex Visser, SHS-Cebu (17)
- Terrence Fortea, NU (18)
- Raven Cortez, DSLZ (19)
- Mac Guadana, LPU (21)
- Joshua Yerro, UV (n/a)
- Harvey Pagsanjan, HCHS (23)
- Miguel Oczon, NU (n/a)
The Chooks-to-Go/National Basketball Training Center 24 is the first-ever attempt to rank the top high school prospects in the country today.
The weekly ranking used 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 SM Mall of Asia Arena.
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