Jazz star Jordan Clarkson’s 5-word piece of advice to Filipino hoops phenom Kai Sotto
Utah Jazz star and proud Filipino-American Jordan Clarkson had a strong message for his countryman, rising hoops phenom Kai Sotto.
Clarkson’s advice could be summed up in five words: “Don’t put limits on yourself.”
“I just want to tell him to go out there. Work hard, don’t put any limits on yourself. And just put the time and keep grinding, the [NBA] is gonna be there,” Clarkson told ESPN’s Chao Meng. “Just go over there and be productive and learn a lot because a lot of those [NBL] players are really good.”
Sotto was initially part of the NBA’s inaugural G League Ignite team that features NBA lottery pick studs like Jonathan Kuminga and projected top three pick Jalen Green, who like Clarkson also has some Filipino ancestry from his mother’s side.
But after failing to participate in the actual G League bubble, Sotto fell off the NBA radar. In a move to revitalize his NBA draft stock, Sotto made the jump to join Australia’s NBL signing with the Adelaide 36ers, a similar move to Charlotte Hornets rookie LaMelo Ball.
The dream scenario for Filipino basketball fans would be to have both Jordan Clarkson and Kai Sotto primed and ready for FIBA and Olympic qualifying tournaments. However, the country is still making its appeal to allow Clarkson to play as a local rather than as a naturalized player.