Kai Sotto Declares for 2022 NBA Draft

Kai Sotto has entered the NBA Draft with the hopes of being the Philippines’ first homegrown player to play in the league in 2022. After an excellent rookie season with the Adelaide 36ers, the 19-year-old made the news after earning the Fans’ MVP award in Australia’s National Basketball League.

Highlights

  • The 2.16-meter center aspires to be the Philippines’ first homegrown NBA player.
  • ‘I’m a better guy and a better professional because you took me under your wing’. Sotto said of the Adelaide 36ers’ ‘unforgettable’ season.

In a social media post, Sotto said, “I have declared for the 2022 NBA Draft”. “Please pray for me and support me while I pursue my greatest ambition.”
With the 36ers in 2021-22, the 2.16-meter (7ft 1in) center averaged 7.52 points per game. 0.52 assists, and 4.48 rebounds per game, with a field goal percentage of 50%.

Sotto’s decision to enter the draft catapulted him into the top 100 prospects for 2022. It happened only days after he and the 36ers finished their season, and his teammates congratulated him on Twitter.

Sotto is expecting to be a mid-to-late second-round choice. But he has yet to crack the top 60 in mock drafts. However, there have been persistent rumors that he is being courted by a number of NBA clubs.

The son of former PBA star Ervin Sotto will be the first homegrown Filipino player. To make it to the NBA if he gets picked. He’ll also play with fellow Fil-Ams Jordan Clarkson and Jalen Green. The latter of whom he’s previously facing at the National Basketball Training Center (NBTC) in the Philippines.

Kai Sotto

“I am so fortunate and motivated when I read your words and hear your shouts! To all the fans, old and new, who support and even travel to games, and who have lifted me up on this great trip, thank you!

“An athlete like myself wouldn’t be where he is today without the aid and support of a slew of coaches, trainers, sponsors, the media, and even an army of bloggers who write constantly about me!” Someday, I hope to personally thank each and every one of you.”

In addition, Green and Sotto were partners for a brief time within the NBA G League Ignite group, but Sotto quit without playing one game. Green, on the opposite hand, went on to guide the team. To the playoffs before being selected second overall within the NBA draft in 2021.

Ray Parks, Kiefer Ravena, and Japeth Aguilar are among the opposite Pinoy household names that have sought to interrupt into the NBA’s developing tiers.

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