Kai Sotto at the NBA camp" Basketball without borders ". NBA PHOTO
MANILA, Philippines – Kai Sotto's desire to play in the NBA is well known and his trip to the United States has been making headlines in the Philippines for several months.
The 7-foot-2 center trained at The Skill Factory and even played Basketball Without Borders at the Global Camp 2020 NBA weekend. Both helped him on his way to the NBA.
Nevertheless, Sotto has to go through so much before he can realize his dream, since he is not even in college.
Still, there is a sense of maturity for the 17-year-old who wants to be the first player born in the Philippines to join the NBA.
"My ultimate dream is to make it into the NBA, and I want to represent the Philippines in international tournaments too," Sotto said in an interview with Bleacher Report.
"I just want to show that the Philippines is part of the basketball world."
Rob Johnson, head coach of The Skill Factory, said he was aware of Sotto's efforts, but he was also impressed with the teen's sense of responsibility.
When Sotto lands in the NBA, he will be the third athlete with Filipino blood in the league after Raymond Townsend, who played from 1978 to 1982, and Jordan Clarkson.
"It's just a breath of fresh air to work with someone whose goals are so enriched but who are also knowledgeable and willing to use the work to get there," said Johnson.
Jeremiah Buswell, a partner of The Skill Factory, added that although Sotto has worked hard, the destination is still far from their location.
"I think he saw where he was and was able to assess himself a little, and now he can take a step forward because he is rooted in reality and is not caught up in the hype world", he said to Buswell. "I think he understands that and as long as he continues to develop and progress, he has every opportunity in the world to be a good NBA player."
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