Kai Sotto is taking his talent to Australia’s National Basketball League.
The 18-year old Sotto signed a two-year deal, with an option for a third, with the Adelaide 36ers. He will join the team as a Special Restricted Player.
“The Adelaide 36ers are pleased to announce that rising young Filipino talent Kai Sotto has signed a multi-year deal with the Club from NBL22,” wrote the team on its Twitter account.
The Adelaide 36ers are pleased to announce that rising young Filipino talent @kzsottolive has signed a multi-year deal with the Club from NBL22.
— Adelaide 36ers (@Adelaide36ers) April 21, 2021
“Kai is a young, emerging talent and we are pleased that he has chosen to sign with the 36ers,” said 36ers General Manager Jeff Van Groningen.
“He realises that he has work ahead of him as all rookies do when coming into this tough league but his combination of height and a developing skill-set give him every chance to raise his game. With hard work, his ceiling for growth is very high,” he added.
League commissioner Jeremy Loeliger also welcomed the arrival of the young Filipino.
“We are delighted to welcome Kai to the NBL to play with the Adelaide 36ers. The NBL is one of the best leagues in the world and a great league to develop players like Kai Sotto who want to take their game to the next level by playing alongside seasoned professional players in a super competitive league,” said Loeliger.
Sotto is expected to arrive in Australia later this year in time for the 2021-2022 season.