In the past 20 years, we have seen an explosion of basketball talent emerge overseas. Today, the modern game gas countless names that came from foreign soil, including Luka Doncic, Kristaps Porzingis, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Tristan Thompson, and Dario Saric, to name a few.
Pretty soon, we might be able to add Kai Sotto to the list -- a prospect poised to become the NBA's first-ever Philippino player.
Sotto is gaining international attention and is apparently set to forgo college to train for the 2021 NBA Draft. He's currently ranked 68th in the ESPN 100.
Seventeen-year-old basketball star Kai Sotto says he’s going to be the first player from the Philippines to crack the NBA — and at 7’2 (2.19m), he’s already a step toward the goal.
Since February’s NBA All-Star Weekend, where he emerged as one of the biggest stories from the annual Basketball Without Borders Global Camp, Sotto has been generating buzz about his potential prospects in the NBA.
The guy is an athletic 7-foot big man who has a lot of potential to climb if he continues to work on his game.
And while nobody knows what the future holds for this kid, there are a lot of reasons to be optimistic about his chances to make history in the NBA.