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At age 13, 6’9 beanpole Kai Sotto is already being projected as the future of Philippine basketball.
The son of former pro-ball player Ervin Sotto has recently emerged as the talk inside the basketball circuit after strutting his wares anew in the recently concluded Jr. NBA training camp.
With a size virtually unseen before from a homegrown elementary player, Sotto is now put into a tricky situation of being under the microscope as his young career progresses.
But it’s going to take a lot more pressure as his new found fame does not seem to bother him.
“Give ko lang yung best ko, may malas at swerte, play normal parin. Sakto lang yung pressure. Gusto ko lang naman maglaro ng basketball kaya basketball ang focus ko lagi,” he said.
His hard work is slowly paying off as he has been named the Most Valuable Player of the recent camp and will be part of the contingency that will be sent to China later this year to watch an NBA game and compete against other Jr. NBA All-Stars in the region.
“Masaya kasi pinaghirapan ko po ito. Matagal ko pong pinaghandaan ito. Give thanks ako kay lord na binigyan niya akong opportunity na makuha itong award na ’to kaya napakasaya ko,” he said.
And for the million dollar question of where he will be going for high school, Sotto bared that there is no concrete plans as of the moment. But there is one school that may be ahead in the race for his services.
“Wala pa po akong sure na school pero my family prefers Ateneo.”