It’s official: Kai Sotto will be leaving the Philippines to focus solely on pursuing his NBA dreams. In an Instagram post on Monday, the 16-year-old wunderkind announced his decision to head overseas for training. “Nakapag-decide na po ako at ang pamilya ko. I’ll be leaving soon to start training full-time. I want to devote the next two to three years to single-mindedly focus on my goal of joining the NBA by 2021 or 2022,” he wrote. The 7-foot-2 Sotto played in Ateneo for two years and led the school to two Finals appearances, including a title run in Season 80 of the UAAP Juniors.
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But while he remained mum on whether he will go to Spain or Germany as earlier reported, the reigning University Athletic Association of the Philippines Most Valuable Player confirmed that he will leave the Philippines. “I’ll be leaving soon to start training full-time,” Sotto added. “I strongly feel (with his [father Ervin] advice and the advice of other experienced mentors) that leaving immediately to start my training and getting the right exposure will go a long way to help realize my dream.”
Filipino prospect Kai Sotto will fly to USA to start intensive training in Atlanta before moving to Europe. Per TV5 ESPN, “Our first stop is the US to train,” Ervin Sotto, who accompanied his son at a press conference on Tuesday, said in Filipino. “Because what Kai really needs is to strengthen his body. He’ll start intensive training. He already has the height and the basketball skills.” “What Kai is really lacking is to bulk up, the competition, and the exposure,” he added. According to the elder Sotto, Kai will undergo training in Atlanta for the next two months.