Watch out, world - the Philippines' basketball prodigy is only getting bigger and better.
Just two months since flying to the US for overseas training, Kai Sotto is nothing but glad to report that he is already feeling a positive change for him. "Talagang kakaiba yung training doon, pero tingin ko, magandang-maganda naman para sa akin," he told reporters in his third day back in the Philippines, training with Gilas Youth at the Meralco Gym in Ortigas.
He then continued, "Nandun kami para magpalakas, magpabilis, mas maging explosive and tingin ko, gumagana naman dahil after two months, nung nag-gain ako ng weight, imbes na mabigatan ako sa sarili ko, parang mas gumaan pa yung pakiramdam ko."
This is only a welcome development as when the Sottos announced that they were going abroad, they said their primary purpose is to improve Kai's body. "Ang unang stop namin is US para mag-training dahil alam naman natin na kailangang lumakas yung katawan niya," dad Ervin said then.
Indeed, since flying out of the country in late March and returning last Saturday, the 7-foot-2, 17-year-old has increased his weight from 210 to 223 lbs.
More than the much-needed added bulk, though, Sotto said his strengthening his mind matters much more. "Nagge-gain talaga ako ng confidence na bumilis at mas naging explosive ako. Kung naiisip ko naman kasing halos every day ako nagwo-work out, talagang maiisip kong kaya kong gawin anuman ang naiisip ko," he shared.
And that positive change is nothing but apparent in the eyes of no less than Gilas Youth head coach Sandy Arespacochaga. As he put it, "Kai was already agile before and he's got good coordination, but now, we see some spurts of even more quickness. I guess, also toughness inside added bulk."
He then continued, "So these things, might be small things, but for someone who is very skilled to begin with and is very tall, you add those small things, that's going to be big for him."
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