Kai Sotto Rumors
The Orlando Magic have hosted G League Ignite prospect and Filipino National Team center Kai Sotto for a pre-draft workout. Sotto was one of the first prospects to sign with the G League straight out of high school and was projected to join Jalen Green and Jonathan Kuminga among others in the 2021 G League bubble. However, after committing to the Philippines national team, he was unable to play for the team.
The Philippines’ best prospect Kai Sotto may not be a popular name in major mock drafts, but he is a legitimate NBA talent in the eyes of many teams. A day after Sotto declared for the 2022 NBA Draft, his agent Joel Bell bared that he secured commitments from NBA teams that the 19-year-old phenom would get drafted.
“He would have been drafted last year if he had been able to be in the draft. He’ll be drafted this year if he chooses to remain in the draft,” Bell told Philstar.com. “We don’t know [which round] exactly right now, but we have some assurances that he would be drafted.”
Austin Ainge, the son of Boston Celtics royalty – championship winner turned former GM Danny Ainge, is in Australia evaluating the NBL’s draft hopefuls. Ainge junior, the director of player personnel at the Celtics, attended last Sunday’s Melbourne United versus Adelaide 36ers clash at John Cain Arena. United big man Ariel Hukporti was on show while Adelaide’s Filipino star Kai Sotto also played.