Kai can train in Europe, America, wherever. But on one condition
Paul Lintag on Feb 11, 2018 03:39 PM
NO FAILING GRADES. Kai Sotto can train wherever he wants overseas as long as he maintains his academic standing in Ateneo.
Everyone is going all in on Kai Sotto as the can't-miss future of Philippine basketball.
Joining Chooks-to-Go's roster Saturday as one of the company's brand ambassadors, the 15-year-old Ateneo High School Phenom is set up for big things when it comes to the rest of his hoops career.
For one, the chief backer of Gilas Pilipinas is 100-percent ready to help the 7'1" star in terms of his development outside the country. That's aside from the ridiculous amount of protein he can have as a Chooks ambassador.
"A big part of that [partnership] is our support in the development of Kai outside the country," Bounty Agro Ventures Inc. president Ronald Mascarinas said of Sotto.
While Kai is still not part of the Gilas Pilipinas team as a regular team member --- he's the centerpiece of the #23for23 pool --- the towering center is most definitely part of the national team's long-term plans.
"On our end, all of our invitations, he's going to be part of the consideration na kung pwede ba siya isama," head coach Chot Reyes said.
"Again, he goes to school eh, he has his class schedule to think of," he added.
But as long as Kai maintains his good academic standing at Ateneo, he can have access to basically all the overseas training he can think of.
All of that just for his development as the can't-miss future prospect of Philippine basketball.
"There are a lot of corporations and friends who are willing to help develop Kai," Ateneo Blue Eagles adviser Arben Santos said.
"But as Chot said, [in Ateneo] we put student first and athlete second. I told Kai he can have all the training, whether Europe, America... as long as you don't have a summer [class]. That means you cannot fail in school," he added.
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