‘Just a speed bump’: Undrafted Kai Sotto sets sights on Gilas, overseas stints

24/06/2022 11:53:00 PM

‘My development is always No. 1 priority. I’m only 20 years old so I still have a lot of room to grow and develop, to improve,’ says Kai Sotto

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‘NOT A SIGNAL FOR ME TO STOP.’ ICYMI. Kai Sotto goes undrafted but says he’ll focus on his development: “I’m only 20 years old so I still have a lot of room to grow and develop, to improve.' NBADraft

‘My development is always No. 1 priority. I’m only 20 years old so I still have a lot of room to grow and develop, to improve,’ says Kai Sotto

Sotto had a shot at making history as the first Filipino selected in the NBA Draft on Thursday, June 23 (Friday, June 24, Manila time), but even if that didn’t pan out, he already set his sights on his next steps.“The dream is always the NBA, so I’ll always have to do whatever it takes to get better, stronger, to improve,” the 7-foot-3 standout told News5 minutes after the draft night wrapped up. 

“This is just a speed bump. We didn’t get to Plan A, but we got Plan B. It’s not going to stop me. It’s not a signal for me to stop, but to keep on going.”Going undrafted means taking the longer route to the NBA, but Sotto said he’s willing to work his way up. 

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MANILA, Philippines – Kai Sotto may have been left undrafted, but his focus on his ultimate goal remains the same.Reynald I.MANILA, Philippines – Kai Sotto missed his lone career shot of becoming the first full-blooded Filipino NBA draft selection after going undrafted on Thursday, June 23 (Friday, June 24, Manila time)..

Sotto had a shot at making history as the first Filipino selected in the NBA Draft on Thursday, June 23 (Friday, June 24, Manila time), but even if that didn’t pan out, he already set his sights on his next steps. “The dream is always the NBA, so I’ll always have to do whatever it takes to get better, stronger, to improve,” the 7-foot-3 standout told News5 minutes after the draft night wrapped up. From a seven-foot teen beanpole out of Ateneo High School, Sotto went great lengths and traveled miles away from home soil to get his body and mind ready for the dream he has shared with a hundred million others.  “This is just a speed bump.5 points, 4. We didn’t get to Plan A, but we got Plan B. He joined the Adelaide 36ers in Australia’s NBL where he showed flashes of his potential, averaging 7. It’s not going to stop me.

It’s not a signal for me to stop, but to keep on going.48 rebounds and close to a block in 15 minutes of play. “I’m thankful for all the support of my fellow Filipinos,” Sotto told News5 minutes after the NBA Draft.” Going undrafted means taking the longer route to the NBA, but Sotto said he’s willing to work his way up.  “There are certain things NBA teams look at. “I would say I’m a skilled seven footer that can shoot from the outside. They’re usually looking at bigs who can defend the quicker players, the smaller players, because the NBA today has a lot switches, a lot of pick and rolls,” said Sotto. I have a chip on my shoulder. “For big guys, they’re looking for the ones who are athletic, who are faster. Despite the intriguing potential, Sotto’s name failed to reach the Top 60 in the draft final projections of some top US-based websites.

I think that’s where I lack at, and that’s where I have to improve on to have a spot on an NBA team.” Must Read Kai Sotto misses historic NBA draft call; aims for late signing, NBL return Sotto’s agent Joel Bell, though, said the 20-year-old won’t see action in the NBA Summer League but will focus on his stint with Gilas Pilipinas, which is set to compete in the World Cup qualifiers and the FIBA Asia Cup this July. Whether it will be one from the team he worked out with in the likes of New York Knicks, nChicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers, Atlanta Hawks, Orlando Magic, Sacramento Kings or Indiana Pacers, remains to be seen. “He’s going to pass up Summer League and play with the national team,” said Bell, noting that Sotto received several Summer League invites. “We’re not going to do two-way contracts, we’re not going to G League, 10-day contracts,” he added, explaining that any of those options would mean minimal playing time.. In a later tweet , however, Sotto said his agent “misspoke” and “no decision has been made” on his Summer League plans.

Sotto also still has a standing two-year contract plus a third-year option with the Australia National Basketball League (NBL), where he finished his pro debut season with averages of 7.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 0.8 blocks in just a little over 15 minutes per game. “We’re going for a non-North American team, we could go back to Australia.

There are other teams in Europe that are also interested,” said Bell. For Sotto, the focus is to keep polishing his skills in the best available setting.  “My development is always No. 1 priority. I’m only 20 years old so I still have a lot of room to grow and develop, to improve,” said Sotto.

“The next step I really have to think with my family. I just have to do everything to get better, to reach my dreams.”  Must Read .