Kai Sotto headed to Atlanta for training, but no plans to play in US NCAA
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Mar 26, 2019 07:09 PM
Kai Sotto will be staying in Atlanta in April and May
March will be Kai Sotto's last month in the Philippines.
The 7-foot-2, 16-year-old will be headed out of the country in early April as he flies out to Atlanta in the US to commence his training.
"Ang unang stop namin is US para mag-training dahil alam naman natin na kailangang lumakas yung katawan niya," Ervin Sotto, Kai's father, said in the sendoff dinner hosted by Chooks-to-Go, Tuesday at the EDSA Shangri-La in Mandaluyong.
The elder Sotto furthered that for the next two months, they will be based in Atlanta as that is the location of the agency they had just signed with in East-West Private.
The development comes a day after the one-time champion and one-time MVP in the UAAP announced in his Instagram that he will be “leaving soon to start training full-time" with the goal of "joining the NBA by 2021 or 2022.”
What comes after that US-based training, though, remains unclear.
According to the Sotto family patriarch, they will be making that next decision after 2019 FIBA Under-19 World Cup in June.
Then, they will be choosing among four offers - three that will take him to Spain and one that will bring him to Germany.
Asked if the US NCAA is an option, Ervin answered in the negative. "Hindi siya part ng plan as of now," he said.
Kai will leave the country after his best individual season yet which saw him win the UAAP 81 MVP and also lift the Blue Eaglets to a runner-up finish.
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