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LOOK: Kai Sotto honored in Batangas court mural

Jun 23, 2020 - 9:12 PM

Rapper and court artist Mike Swift paints a mural of Kai Sotto in his hometown in Batangas

SUPPORT. The Kai Sotto court mural is found in Barangay Hugom Laiya in San Juan, Batangas. Photo from Mike Swift's Instagram

Brian Shaw to coach Kai Sotto in NBA G League

Jun 10, 2020 - 9:12 AM

Brian Shaw boasts of an impressive NBA career that saw him win 5 championships combined as a player and a coach

CALLING THE SHOTS. Brian Shaw says he looks forward to mentoring the new generation of NBA stars. Photo from NBAE

PBA coaches agree: Kai Sotto joining G League a 'good move'

Jun 05, 2020 - 9:09 PM

PBA champion coaches Norman Black and Yeng Guiao both believe Kai Sotto has the skills and dedication to reach the NBA

TALL ORDER. Kai Sotto faces the daunting task of becoming the first homegrown Filipino to make the NBA. Photo from fiba.basketball

Ex-Kobe teammate Brian Shaw to coach Jalen Green, Kai Sotto

Jun 02, 2020 - 10:46 PM

Filipino rising basketball stars Jalen Green and Kai Sotto will learn from multi-titled former NBA player and coach Brian Shaw

LEARNING THE ROPES. Kai Sotto gets an introduction to NBA-level of training under the mentorship of Brian Shaw. Photo by Paul Mata/Rappler

Path for Kai: Non-US players over 7-foot-2 who thrived in the NBA

May 31, 2020 - 3:11 PM

Some international giants flat-out excelled in the NBA and Kai Sotto may want to check their playbook

Tim Cone: G League choice 'good' for NBA hopeful Kai Sotto

May 24, 2020 - 4:59 PM

Kai Sotto skips the traditional collegiate route to the NBA and decides to the join the pathway program of the G League

HIGH LEVEL. In the G League, Kai Sotto will have his mettle tested against players who are also trying to make the NBA. Photo by Paul Mata/Rappler

G League stint to prepare Kai Sotto for NBA jump

May 15, 2020 - 7:32 PM

Kai Sotto will undergo 'NBA-level' coaching and training, G League president Shareef Abdur-Rahim says

BIG MONEY. Kai Sotto is reportedly set to become a multi-millionaire thanks to his G League deal. Photo from fiba.basketball

How does Kai Sotto's P10M G League deal compare to NBA rookies?

May 15, 2020 - 5:50 PM

It’s a big first payday for the towering 18-year-old Kai Sotto

HOPEFUL. Kai Sotto takes the first major step toward his NBA dream. File photo from Chooks-to-Go

Kai Sotto has 'lot of upside' – NBA G League chief

May 15, 2020 - 12:06 AM

NBA G League president Shareef Abdur-Rahim says Kai Sotto possesses the traits they are looking for to play for their select team

PIONEER. Kai Sotto becomes the first international player to join the NBA G League pathway program. Photo by Paul Mata/Rappler

Kai Sotto officially signs with NBA G League, joins Fil-Am Jalen Green

May 14, 2020 - 10:57 AM

Deciding to skip college, 7-foot-2 Filipino teen Kai Sotto says the G League is the 'best route' to get closer to his NBA dream

Seeking NBA dream, Kai Sotto to join G League – report

May 11, 2020 - 10:04 PM

Kai Sotto will join forces with Jalen Green and become the first international prospect to sign a deal in the NBA G League professional pathway program

TALL ORDER. Kai Sotto seeks to become the first homegrown Filipino to make the NBA. File photo by Paul Mata/Rappler

Why a G League stint can fuel Kai Sotto's NBA dreams

Apr 18, 2020 - 11:12 AM

The G League now features a vastly different program from the time when Filipino NBA hopefuls like Japeth Aguilar and Kiefer Ravena were vying for spots

POSSIBILITIES. Kai Sotto now has more options to think about. Photo by Paul Mata/Rappler

WATCH: Kai Sotto featured in Bleacher Report video

Mar 26, 2020 - 10:42 PM

Kai Sotto says he wants to prove that Filipinos can also make it to the NBA

DAUNTING TASK. Kai Sotto seeks to become the first homegrown Filipino player to reach the NBA. File photo by Paul Mata/Rappler

Kai Sotto keeps NBA journey 'level-headed', says Alapag

Mar 21, 2020 - 5:14 PM

Gilas Pilipinas legend Jimmy Alapag takes notice of Kai Sotto’s hard work and dedication to chase his NBA dream

BIG DREAMS. Kai Sotto hopes to become the first homegrown Filipino NBA player. Photo by Paul Mata/Rappler

Kai Sotto looks to intensify U.S. summer training

Mar 14, 2020 - 10:55 AM

A year since leaving for the US, 7-foot-2 teen Kai Sotto says he has toughened up his game even if some think he’s ‘mentally weak’

TOUGH TRAINING. Kai Sotto gets to face some of the best high school players in the world. Photo by Paul Mata/Rappler

Chicago Bulls deputy says Kai Sotto ‘quite right on ready’ for NBA

Feb 19, 2020 - 3:13 PM

'At his size, to be able to take down a dribble and make a move for himself, it's really impressive,' Bulls assistant Karen Umlauf says of the 7-foot-2 Filipino teen

HIGH HOPES. Kai Sotto showcases his wares at the Basketball Without Borders Global Camp in Chicago. Photo by Paul Mata/Rappler

Kai Sotto expects more Filipinos to pursue NBA dream

Feb 18, 2020 - 8:45 PM

Kai Sotto served as the sole Filipino representative in the Basketball Without Borders Global Camp organized by the NBA and FIBA

LESSONS. Kai Sotto has learned to also have fun while competing in the Basketball Without Borders Global Camp. Photo by Paul Mata/Rappler

Kai Sotto glad to have pursued U.S. stint: 'Dami kong natutunan'

Feb 18, 2020 - 7:09 PM

Kai Sotto, who seeks to become the first Filipino-born player to reach the NBA, has come a long way since deciding to train in the United States

BIG ACHIEVEMENT. Kai Sotto is the only Filipino in the 64-player selection in the Basketball Without Borders Global Camp in Chicago. Photo by Paul Mata/Rappler

Kai Sotto selected for Basketball Without Borders Global Camp

Feb 08, 2020 - 2:27 PM

Basketball Without Borders has produced a number of up-and-coming NBA players, among them Pascal Siakam, Deande Ayton, and Jamal Murray

PRODIGY. Kai Sotto has been selected by the NBA and FIBA among the top 64 high school players from 32 countries. File photo from fiba.basketball

Kai Sotto rises in ESPN's top 100 high school players

Jan 25, 2020 - 7:13 PM

Kai Sotto recently won MVP in an Atlanta tournament as he climbed 8 notches higher from the previous edition of the list

WUNDERKIND. Kai Sotto continues to make noise in the USA. Photo from fiba.basketball

Kai Sotto to miss Mighty Sports' Dubai stint

Jan 21, 2020 - 9:04 PM

Mighty Sports announces that Kai Sotto is experiencing 'unresolved logistical and scheduling issues'

MISSING OUT. Kai Sotto will not see action in the Dubai International Basketball Tournament. Photo from FIBA

Blatche arrives but no Kai Sotto yet for star-studded Mighty

Jan 12, 2020 - 3:06 PM

A Mighty Sports squad bannered by Andray Blatche, Thirdy Ravena, and Kai Sotto gears up for a Dubai tilt next week

Kai Sotto joins GDLs in Mighty Sports for Dubai tourney

Dec 17, 2019 - 2:08 PM

Kai Sotto's Mighty Sports stint will not affect his US NCAA eligibility

REINFORCEMENT. Kai Sotto is set to reinforce the Mighty Sports squad with the Gomez de Liaño brothers. Photo from FIBA

Kai Sotto makes unofficial visit to Kentucky Wildcats

Dec 10, 2019 - 2:43 PM

The 7-foot-2 Kai Sotto meets with John Calipari, who is known for producing NBA players after only one season in the NCAA

NBA DREAM. Kai Sotto is currently ranked 75th by ESPN in the Class of 2020. Photo from Twitter/@kzsottolive

Kai Sotto joins Jr NBA-affiliated international basketball club

Nov 09, 2019 - 4:39 PM

Kai Sotto joins The Skill Factory where NBA players like James Harden and John Wall previously trained

NEW HEIGHTS. Kai Sotto is set to compete in various US and international tournaments with The Skill Factory. Photo from FIBA

Kai Sotto finishes as top U19 blocker, Dave Ildefonso 9th in scoring

Jul 08, 2019 - 7:55 PM

Filipino youngsters prove they can go toe-to-toe with the best the world has to offer

WUNDERKIND. Kai Sotto puts in the work on the defensive end in the FIBA U19 World Cup. Photo from FIBA

Not just Kai or AJ: Teamwork key for Gilas youth in FIBA U19 World Cup

Jun 18, 2019 - 8:09 AM

The Philippines will have its work cut out for it in the global hoops showdown as it faces heavyweights Argentina, host country Greece and Russia in the first round

TWIN TOWERS. Kai Sotto (middle) and AJ Edu (right) are expected to be the cornerstones of the Gilas Pilipinas youth in the 2019 FIBA U19 World Cup. Photo from FIBA

WATCH: Kai Sotto shows improved shooting in workout video

May 21, 2019 - 4:32 PM

The seven-foot Filipino wunderkind has consistently knocked down midrange and three-point shots

SKY IS THE LIMIT. Kai Sotto will be the cornerstone of the Philippine team that will see action in the 2019 FIBA U19 World Cup. File photo from FIBA

Cavs’ Collin Sexton likens workmate Kai Sotto to Dirk Nowitzki

May 17, 2019 - 9:29 PM

Collin Sexton and Kai Sotto train under the same skills coach and the Cavs hotshot says the Filipino teen can definitely ‘shoot it and space the floor’

IMPRESSED. Collin Sexton, who’s in Manila for the Jr NBA, showers the 7-foot-2 Kai Sotto with praise. Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images/AFP

Gilas still 'No. 1 priority' for overseas-bound Kai Sotto

Mar 27, 2019 - 2:56 PM

The 7-foot-2 teen star may be headed to the US and Europe, but his dad promises that their doors will always remain open for the Philippine team

NBA MOVES. Kai Sotto continues to prove why he deserves to be one of the best Filipino basketball players of today. Photo by FIBA

Kai Sotto takes talents to U.S. for training

Mar 26, 2019 - 6:51 PM

The 16-year-old, 7-foot-2 Batang Gilas star will first head to Atlanta in April to train for two months as he prepares for the upcoming 2019 FIBA U19 World Cup

THE FUTURE. Kai Sotto is tasked to lead the Philippines to basketball glory in the future. Photo from FIBA

With NBA dream in mind, Kai Sotto leaves Ateneo to train overseas

Mar 25, 2019 - 1:15 PM

The 7-foot-2 wunderkind seeks to reach the NBA by '2021 or 2022'

GREATER HEIGHTS. Kai Sotto moves on to bigger things for his NBA dream. Photo from FIBA

Green outduels Sotto, FilAm Sports ousts Ateneo in 2019 NBTC Nationals

Mar 20, 2019 - 9:06 PM

Fil-Am Jalen Green's thunderous dunk over Kai Sotto highlights the third day of action in the high school national championship

POSTER DUNK. FilAm Sports USA's Jalen Green skies for a slam jam on Ateneo's Kai Sotto in the 2019 NBTC Nationals Supreme 16. Photo from NBTC

Kai vs Kai: Fil-Am Ballungay eager to take on Ateneo’s Sotto

Mar 20, 2019 - 4:27 PM

Another towering teen named Kai has been making an impact in the NBTC National Finals

BIG BATTLE. Fil-Am star Kai Ballungay and UAAP juniors MVP Kai Sotto face off for the first time. Photos from NBTC

NBTC: Sotto drops 35 in LPU squeaker, sets date with Green's FilAm USA

Mar 19, 2019 - 11:47 PM

Kai Sotto lives up to expectations with a dominant 35-point and 15-rebound performance

WUNDERKIND. Kai Sotto continues to impress in the 2019 NBTC National Finals. Photo from release

As Kai Sotto nears decision, Baldwin says PH still best choice

Mar 15, 2019 - 9:43 PM

Ateneo coach Tab Baldwin says people don't realize how difficult it is for a 16-year-old like Kai Sotto to make the jump to Europe

STAY HERE. Tab Baldwin (right) thinks Kai Sotto can still significantly improve his skills even if he stays in the Philippines. Photos by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Ex-NBA D-Leaguer Ray Parks on Kai Sotto: 'Send him overseas ASAP'

Mar 13, 2019 - 4:38 PM

Ray Parks says Kai Sotto should jump on the opportunity after the 7-foot-2 high school star received offers from top-tier European teams

Kai Sotto could decide very soon on Europe offers, eyeing NBA as top goal

Mar 11, 2019 - 4:43 PM

There are 4 teams from Spain and another 1 from Germany which have tendered their offers to the 7-foot-2 wunderkind

BIG DREAMS. Kai Sotto says he is willing to do everything to reach the NBA. Photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler

Kai Sotto mum on future: 'Tapusin muna school year'

Feb 22, 2019 - 9:57 PM

Rather than focusing on what jersey he will wear next – whether here or overseas – the 7-foot-2 basketball teen sensation says he's prioritizing school

SENSATIONAL. Ateneo’s Kai Sotto tallies impressive numbers of 26 points, 25 rebounds and 4 blocks in Game 2 of the UAAP juniors basketball finals. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Kai Sotto cruises to UAAP juniors MVP award

Feb 11, 2019 - 7:50 PM

It's a landslide win for the Ateneo Blue Eaglets star, who bests UST Tiger Cubs' Mark Nonoy by 15 statistical points

DOMINANT. Kai Sotto (right) leads the league in points, rebounds and blocks to be the rightful winner of the Most Valuable Player award. File photo

Kai Sotto stands tall as undisputed leader in juniors MVP race

Dec 15, 2018 - 9:15 PM

Not surprisingly, the 7-foot-1 Ateneo superstar emerges as the runaway statistical leader in the UAAP juniors basketball tournament

UAAP juniors: Blue Eaglets cruise past winless Junior Warriors

Dec 12, 2018 - 5:14 PM

Kai Sotto delivers another stellar outing as the Ateneo Blue Eaglets grab a share of the top spot in the UAAP juniors basketball tournament

DOMINANT. Kai Sotto leads the way again for the blue and white. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Kai Sotto goes off for 36 as Ateneo Eaglets crush UPIS

Dec 08, 2018 - 1:40 PM

The 7-foot-1 prodigy tallies a double-double in the wire-to-wire triumph

PILING IT UP. Kai Sotto and the Ateneo Blue Eaglets earn their fourth win in 5 games in UAAP Season 81. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Kai Sotto a 'fighter,' says Gilas coach Yeng Guiao

Nov 26, 2018 - 10:01 PM

The fiery mentor lauds the 16-year-old high schooler for not succumbing to intimidation after suiting up against Lebanon

LONG WAY TO GO. Yeng Guiao (right) is 'pretty happy' of Kai Sotto's tuneup game debut for Gilas Pilipinas. Photos by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler (Guiao) and Josh Albelda/Rappler (Sotto)

Kai Sotto admits there's tons to learn with Gilas

Nov 26, 2018 - 7:45 AM

After playing opponents twice his age in Team Pilipinas' tuneup game against Lebanon, the 7-foot-1 high schooler aches to polish his skills as soon as possible

YOUNG COG. Kai Sotto suits up for Gilas Pilipinas for the first time against Lebanon. Photo by Joaqui Flores/Rappler

Academics first: Kai Sotto skips Gilas tuneup vs Jordan

Nov 20, 2018 - 7:05 AM

The 7-foot-1 wunderkind misses what could have been his debut for the senior squad

YOUNG GUN. Kai Sotto, though, can still play in Team Pilipinas' other tuneup games. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Big school: Kai Sotto finds mentors in Fajardo, Slaughter

Nov 14, 2018 - 10:05 PM

As the youngest in the Gilias pool, the 7-foot-1 prodigy sees a rare chance to work on his arsenal with the country's best big men

WUNDERKIND. Although the youngest at 16 years old, Kai Sotto is the tallest in the latest Gilas Pilipinas' 20-man pool at 7-foot-1. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Kai Sotto, Ricci Rivero can still make Gilas' final 12, bares Yeng Guiao

Nov 13, 2018 - 8:21 AM

Although chances of seeing the Sotto and Rivero suit up for Team Pilipinas in the World Cup qualifiers are slim, the fiery mentor believes it could still happen

YOUNG BUT TALENTED. Young studs Ricci Rivero (left) and Kai Sotto vie for a spot in Gilas Pilipinas' final 12-man lineup for the fifth window of the World Cup qualifiers. Photos by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler (Rivero) and FIBA (Sotto)

Sotto, Fajardo in action as Gilas prep resumes

Nov 12, 2018 - 9:09 PM

Twelve of the 20 pool players selected by head coach Yeng Guiao are present in Day 1 of the buildup for the fifth window of the Asian Qualifiers for the World Cup

YOUNG GUNS. Kai Sotto and Ricci Rivero – two of the youngest players in Team Pilipinas' 20-man pool – answer Yeng Guiao's call-up. Photo by Delfin Dioquino/Rappler

'Dream come true' as Kai Sotto set to practice with Gilas, Yeng

Nov 11, 2018 - 5:42 PM

The 7-foot-1 teen star can't wait to join PBA stalwarts like June Mar Fajardo and Greg Slaughter in the Gilas training

EXCITED. Kai Sotto says he's looking forward to learn from national team coach Yeng Guiao. Photo from FIBA