NBA team committed to signing Kai Sotto, agent says
MANILA, Philippines — It looks like having full-fledged Filipino talent in the NBA is getting ever closer as Kai Sotto enters the NBA Draft next month.
According to his agent Joel Bell, NBA scouts were “very excited” about the 7’3″ big man and had even secured a team guarantee that they would pick Sotto once the draft was over.
“The teams that have scouted Australia this year – which surprisingly given Australia’s history of sending players to the NBA is not as extensive as one might imagine – we are very excited to about Kai,” Bell said in an interview hosted by Smart and NBA Philippines. .
“That’s why we have so many teams that want to bring him into individual training. And we already have commitments from at least one team that says if he stays in the draft we will draft him. ‘have already,’ he said. added.
Sotto, 20, declared himself for the NBA draft earlier this year after a year with the Adelaide 36ers in Australia’s NBL.
Although he’s been under the radar, Sotto has reportedly been scheduled to spar with several NBA teams — including the Orlando Magic who currently hold the No. 1 draft pick.
During his year in Australia, Sotto averaged 7.52 points, 0.52 assists and 4.48 rebounds per game with the 36ers.
Lately, the Ateneo high school big man has been on the radar for fake drafts in the NBA. Recently, he ranked 49th overall in Sports Illustrated’s predictions.
If the NBA team’s word to Bell rings true, then Sotto is all but locked in to take to basketball’s biggest stage to banner the Philippine flag where he would join the likes of Fil-Am players Jalen Green. and Jordan Clarkson.