Kai Sotto hoping for NBTC team-up with returning Fil-Am Jalen Green

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Mar 11, 2019 02:15 PM
Kai hoping for NBTC team-up with Fil-Am Jalen Green
A year ago, Jalen Green and Kai Sotto were on opposite sides in the NBTC All-Star Game

Jalen Green will be back for more of the Philippine brand of basketball in the 2019 NBTC League National Finals.

Green, the top-ranked recruit for next year's in the US NCAA, traces his roots to Ilocos Sur.

He returns to Manila for the second time and he will again try to lead Fil-Am Sports USA in the 32-team tournament tipping off on March 18 at the MOA Arena.

Last year, Green and company bowed to eventual champion Nazareth School of National University in the Elite Eight.

That wasn't the end of his first visit to the Philippines, however, as he continued to wow in the All-Star Game where he faced off with the best of the best fully-blooded Filipinos such as Ateneo de Manila High School towering teen Kai Sotto.

This time around, though, Sotto has a wish - to join forces with the 6-foot-6 swingman. "Excited akong makasama ulit si Jalen kasi nagkita kami sa Argentina nung World Cup," he shared, referring to the FIBA Under-17 World Cup a year ago which saw the former wearing the Philippine flag and the latter representing the US.

He then continued, "Sana maging teammates kami pagdating ng All-Star."

Last Sunday, the UAAP 81 Juniors MVP drafted UST guard Mark Nonoy, NU playmaker Gerry Abadiano, Ateneo center Geo Chiu, NU scorer Terrence Fortea, Kevin Quiambao of NU, RJ Abarrientos of FEU-Diliman, John Amores of JRU, Jonnel Policarpio of Mapua, Forthsky Padrigao of Ateneo, Bismarck Lina of UST, and Clint Escamis of Mapua to be his teammates for Team Hustle.

They will be going up against Joel Cagulangan-led Team Heart which also includes NU slotman Carl Tamayo, banger Inand Fornilos and forward Joshua David of La Salle Green Hills, Hope Christian star Harvey Pagsanjan, Joem Sabandal of Adamson, Aaron Fermin of Arellano, Paolo Hernandez and Dan Arches of Mapua, Joshua Yerro of UV, Mac Guadana of Lyceum, and Rafael Go of Chiang Kai Shek.

Both teams will have three players apiece from the international teams participating in the NBTC Nationals hailing from Australia, New Zealand, USA, and Toronto in Canada.

Where Green will be put is yet to be determined, but without a doubt, a team-up with Sotto remains a possibility.

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