No promises for Kai Sotto in Mighty-Pilipinas, says coach Charles

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jan 19, 2020 05:52 PM
No promises for Kai Sotto in Mighty, says coach Charles
(Photos courtesy of Mighty Sports-Pilipinas)

Kai Sotto is yet to join Mighty Sports-Pilipinas even as the 2020 Dubai International Basketball Tournament looms larger and larger.

The 7-foot-2, 17-year-old remains in Atlanta with The Skills Factory and will head directly to Dubai where the invitational tourney will begin on January 22.

"We thought he'd be here last week, but he had some commitments and some tournaments he still had to fulfill there," head coach Charles Tiu said. "It's going to be tough, to be honest."

Make no mistake, however, Sotto will see through his commitment in wearing the flag and helping the Filipino representatives improve on their third-place finish from a year ago. "Kai messaged me that he wants to be here. He has already asked me to send over some stuff on game plans," coach Charles said.

Still, the Philippine team's youthful mentor said that Sotto will have to earn his spot in the rotation - especially as he is the only player not to have practiced yet. "As much as I want to help him, we still have to win this tournament. That's our first priority," he said.

He then continued, "He needs to work his way to be a part of the team."

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