Kai Sotto still has one game to play in PHI in SLAM Rising Stars

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Mar 27, 2019 02:36 PM
Kai still has one game to play in PHI in SLAM Rising Stars
Kai Sotto will do his best to still get to play in the SLAM Rising Stars (Photo courtesy of SLAM Rising Stars)

In five days, Kai Sotto is headed for Atlanta in the US.

There, the 7-foot-2, 16-year-old takes his first step in his journey to the NBA.

Just before that, though, the UAAP 81 Juniors MVP is scheduled to see action in his very last game in the Philippines in the 2019 SLAM Rising Stars Classic, Sunday at Gatorade Hoops Center in Mandaluyong.

Asked if, indeed, he will be playing in the annual showdown of the best young talent based in Manila, Sotto answered, "Titignan ko pa po kasi yung flight namin, April 1 ng umaga."

He was quick to add, though, "Pero siyempre, ta-try ko naman yung best ko para makalaro dun."

There, we will suit up for Team Hype alongside fellow Blue Eaglets Geo Chiu and Forthsky Padrigao as well as Adamson High School's and Adam Doria and Joem Sabandal; De La Salle Zobel's Raven Cortez; Mapua High School's Dan Arches, Clint Escamis, Paolo Hernandez, and Jonnel Policarpio; Far Eastern University-Diliman's Royce Alforque, Jose Rizal University High School's John Amores; and Xavier School's Miguel Tan.

On their sidelines will be Ateneo Srs. assistant coach Yuri Escueta.

Challenging the Philippines' towering teen and his squad is Team Punks led by the core of UAAP 81 champion Nazareth School of National University in Gerry Abadiano, Terrence Fortea, and Carl Tamayo.

They will be flanked by Arellano High School's Aaron Fermin; Hope Christian High School's Harvey Pagsanjan; Lyceum of the Philippines University's Mac Guadana; La Salle Green Hills' Joel Cagulangan, Joshua David and Inand Fornilos; University of Sto. Tomas' Bismarck Lina and Mark Nonoy; and FEU's RJ Abarrientos and Xyrus Torres.

Calling the shots for them will be La Salle Srs. assistant coach Gian Nazario.

This year's SLAM Rising Stars Classic tips off at 7:00 PM and will be available via livestream and on YouTube.


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