Kai is a "modern center" fit for today's game says coach Tim
Paul Kennedy Lintag on May 25, 2020 01:15 PM
"He's on the right track. I think the kind of game that we have now is built for his type of body, so I think that's good news for him." — Coach Tim Cone on Kai Sotto.
Twenty-two-time PBA champion Tim Cone would personally recommend going college to everyone, not just young basketball prospects.
There's really nothing quite like getting your tertiary education down.
However, there are certain circumstances where foregoing college is a better idea, just take a look at Kai Sotto, the 7'2" teen phenom trying to make the NBA.
Kai is attempting to become the first homegrown talent to play in the Association and to get there, his chosen path is to go to the G League instead of playing Division 1 basketball.
"Normally, I would encourage everybody to go to college. But there are unique situations and both Kai and Jalen [Green] are unique in the game of basketball. It's really unusual but right now for them, more than education, the ability to develop as a basketball player is a priority for them," Cone said.
"I think it's a really good idea. They have a lot of development-type coaches in the G League and the level of competition they will go against is higher than if they just went as a freshman in college," Coach Tim added.
Cone gave his thoughts on NBA Philippines' Republika Huddle.
Coach Tim also touched upon Sotto's development as he continues to work on his game.
Even at a reported 229 pounds, Sotto appears thin for a big man. However, Kai's skill sets should be perfect for the modern game of basketball says Cone.
"He moves well, and has a feathery touch. He's more along the lines of a modern center than a Shaq or a Wilt Chamberlain or something like that, playing inside and be a power guy. He's not a type of player, which is exactly what he should be because that's not the way the game is played now," Coach Tim said of Sotto.
"Big men are evolving and they're starting to step out. He has that ability to roll off ball screens and finish at the rim, but he also has the ability to face up and play along the three-point line. He's on the right track. I think the kind of game that we have now is built for his type of body, so I think that's good news for him," Cone added.
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