The country’s top prospect for a full-blooded Filipino to play in the National Basketball Association (NBA) just flew in town.
The lanky Kai Sotto, a second-generation baller by way of his father, former Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) player Ervin, just set foot on Philippine soil after a two-year absence to join the Gilas Pilipinas men’s basketball team. He was joined by his father in his trip back home.
The target? Join the team as it gears up for the upcoming FIBA Asia Cup qualifiers in Doha, Qatar, two weeks from now.
Immediately after arriving, the 18-year-old Kai underwent the customary RT-PCR testing at the airport based on minimum health standards for arriving passengers, then will be on a five-day quarantine before he can join the rest of Gilas Pilipinas.
The Gilas Pilipinas training pool is currently doing intensive training at the Inspire Sports Academy in Calamba, Laguna.
The final window of the FIBA Asia Cup qualifiers in Doha, Qatar, will be on February 18-22. The team is bracketed in Group A with Korea, Thailand and Indonesia. They will play Korea twice and Indonesia once. The team only needs to win once to get into the FIBA Asia Cup tournament proper in August in Jakarta, indonesia.
The 7-foot-3 Kai Sotto is a member of Team Ignite, composed of some of the best talents in basketball that will test their mettle against some of the best teams in the NBA’s G-League.