Kai Sotto hopes to see more Filipinos in the Basketball Without Borders Global Camps
ABS-CBN Sports on Feb 18, 2020 12:28 PM
Kai Sotto throws one down during the 2020 Basketball Without Borders Global Camp (photo courtesy of NBA Philippines).
Filipino basketball prodigy Kai Sotto was one of 64 boys and girls across 34 countries all over the world selected to participate in the 2020 Basketball Without Borders Global Camp during the 2020 NBA All-Star Weekend in Chicago, Illinois.
It didn't take long for the 7-foot-2 Sotto, who's currently sharpening his tools in Atlanta, Georgia, to turn heads in the camp as he showcased what he could do on the basketball court.
The camp was no doubt a valuable experience for the 17-year old Sotto, who is already being pegged as the future face of Philippine basketball.
"The best part was to compete against the best players from all around the world and to be coached by the coaches from the NBA," Sotto said in an interview with NBA Philippines. "There’s so much talent in this venue and I’m honored to be here."
Apart from sharing the court with some of the best talent in the world, Sotto also had coaching from some of the best players in the world, including the likes of Toronto Raptors All-Star Pascal Siakam and Chicago Bulls rising star Lauri Markkannen, who are both veterans of the Basketball Without Borders program as well.
Sotto is just the latest Gilas Pilipinas hopeful to go through the Basketball Without Borders program, following in the footsteps of 6-foot-10 cadet AJ Edu, who participated in the program back in 2017. Sotto expects to see even more up-and-coming Filipino hoops stars to also be part of the program moving forward.
"I expect more Filipinos to come here. I think we’d be very honored and excited to see more Filipinos to come here," Sotto said.
In fact, Ateneo High School star Forthsky Padrigao was actually also selected to participate in the camp, but opted out due to the Blue Eaglets' playoff run in the UAAP Season 82 Juniors Basketball Tournament.