7-foot-2 phenom Kai Sotto of the Philippines has reportedly decided to skip college in order to take the G League path as he pursues his NBA dream, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium.
Sotto, 18, is the first international prospect to go this route, joining American stars Jalen Green, Isaiah Todd and Daishen Nix on the new G League team being formed in Southern California. This new squad is building quite the roster.
Sotto is by no means a household name outside of the Philippines, where he is widely considered the country's next big thing. The Philippines is a basketball-crazed nation, and they are pretty much pinning their hopes on Sotto as the first ever Filipino to make it in the NBA. Jordan Clarkson of the Cleveland Cavaliers is half-Filipino and has even represented the country as part of the national team, but unlike the Cavs guard, Sotto was born and raised in the Philippines and does not hold dual citizenship.
Sotto is following in the footsteps of fellow top prospects in Green, Todd, and Nix, who are all hoping to use this opportunity to improve their draft stock ahead of the 2021 NBA Draft while also making a good amount of money in the process. As it appears, Sotto has seen the benefits of the same and has opted to pass on the opportunity to play in the NCAA as well.
There are some conflicting reports in the Philippines, however, that Sotto himself has claimed that he has not actually signed or formally agreed to anything with any G League outfit as of yet. Then again, Charania's tweet claims that a deal is currently in the process of being worked out, so it is likely that Sotto's camp will make the official announcement sooner rather than later.