Kai Sotto Starts NBA G League Training in California
Together with the NBA G League Select Team, Kai Sotto begins training as they arrived in Walnut Creek, California last Tuesday Manila time.
The G League Select Team was a developmental team launched by the NBA G League last April to pave an alternative path to college basketball for A-list prospects who wanted to play in the professional league.
Sotto is working to reach his dream to become the first Philippine homegrown player to be part of the NBA. “Five years from now, I want to be the best from Asia also being a Filipino and represent the Philippines. Five years from now, that’s the dream,” he shared in an interview with Power and Play.
Before his commitment to the Select team, the 7-foot-2 basketball star played for The Skill Factory (TSF). During the King Invitational in Atlanta, Sotto averaged 27 points, 10.6 rebounds, 3.0 assists, and 4.3 blocks and snatched the MVP award.
Sotto was ranked by ESPN as the No. 4 player in Georgia in the Class of 2020.
High school talents to be included in the roster were Jalen Green, Daishen Nix, Isaiah Todd, and Jonathan Kuminga. Also included in the lineup is Princepal Singh, the first NBA Academy India graduate to sign a professional contract.
Aside from the prospects, the team structure will also be composed of veteran players which will compete with other G League squads, foreign national teams, and NBA academies. Brian Shaw will serve as the Head Coach for the Select Team.
Sotto was the third Filipino to commit to the NBA G League. Japeth Aguilar was the first one and played for the Santa Cruz Warriors in 2012 followed by Bobby Ray Parks who joined Texas Legends in 2015.