Sotto, Padrigao, Fortea impressive in the eyes of Gilas Pilipinas

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on May 15, 2017 06:48 PM
Sotto, Padrigao, Fortea impressive in the eyes of Gilas
GLIMPSE OF THE FUTURE. Of course, Kai Sotto was the most common name mentioned as the standout in Batang Gilas.

Gilas Pilipinas watched their little brothers in Batang Gilas on Monday.

They then proceeded to state the obvious as the Philippines whipped Indonesia, 96-73.

“These kids are good, man. That Kai Sotto kid, he’s huge,” swingman Matthew Wright expressed. “I didn’t know how tall he was until I actually sat down and watched his game.”

Sotto, the 15-year-old with an unlimited ceiling, has indeed lived up to the hype in towering above all through two games in the tournament.

Even multi-titled mentor Chot Reyes was all praises for the six-foot 11-inch youngster from Ateneo de Manila High School. “Obviously, Kai Sotto, I’m impressed with how coordinated he is for his size and age,” he expressed.

TNT forward Troy Rosario could only agree. “Si Kai Sotto, kayang i-dominate yung paint sa U16,” he said.

Court general Forthsy Padrigao, bound for Ateneo, also had his fans in both Reyes and Wright.

After him, it was Nazareth School of National University’s Terrence Fortea who caught the eye of his Gilas kuyas with his hustle.

“Fortea, I remember he landed and almost hit his head, but kept playing. I felt like he has good court vision, good court awareness,” Wright said.

Rosario echoed the same sentiment. “Na-impress ako sa Fortea. Magaling sa parehong opensa at depensa,” he said.

For Reyes, there was another lesser-known name who stood out. “Si Mclaude Guadana, he reminds me of Ryan Reyes. He’s always there where the ball is,” he explained.

All in all, Wright was nothing but impressed at how skilled all of Batang Gilas are – especially compared to him when he was their age. “Those kids, they’re 14-15 years old, they are definitely on the right track. I don’t even remember what I was doing when I was 14-15,” he shared while laughing.

He also added, “I definitely wasn’t playing in any international competition.”

In the end, Wright and the rest of Gilas had one wish for their little brothers. “These kids are promising. I hope they continue to develop and, most importantly, stay healthy,” he said.


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