Kai Sotto to wear jersey no. 11 for Adelaide 36ers

Filipino teen prodigy Kai Sotto is set to wear jersey number 11 when he joins the Adelaide 36ers in Australia’s National Basketball League (NBL).

The team released a composite image of the upcoming jersey on its social media accounts and at the same time opened the queue for pre-orders.

The 18-year old Sotto, who sported 11 when he played for the Ateneo Blue Eaglets in the UAAP and with the Gilas Pilipinas Youth team during the 2017 FIBA Under-16 Asian Championship in China, recently signed a two-year deal with an option for a third year. He will be under the league’s Special Restricted Player rule which seeks to foster better relations with the rest of the FIBA-Asia region.

“A part of me is excited and nervous about this. Happy. Mixed emotions on the things that will happen in my future,” said Sotto in a press conference on Wednesday.

“I will stay focused on my path and continue developing and improving so I may be ready for my next challenges. I want to get stronger, because the strength part is really my issue to play at a higher level and to be more and play more athletic. Once I get the proper strength and speed, I think it’s easier to play at a higher level,” he added.

Sotto is set to become the first full-blooded Filipino to play in the Australian league.

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