WHERE in the world is Kai Sotto?
Fans anticipating the debut of the 7-foot-1 prodigy with the seniors team in a tuneup game against Jordan on Monday were left disappointed when the 16-year-old center was nowhere to be found at Meralco Gym on Monday night.
But before anyone questions Sotto's dedication to the national team, Ricci Rivero was quick to defend his fellow young gun.
"Nasa exam week siya. Nagsabi siya sa akin in case may maghanap sa kanya," the UP guard told reporters after the Philippines' 98-92 defeat to Jordan.
"Respect natin yung decision niya kasi academics-first talaga."
Sotto has missed the last two practice sessions of the national team on Friday and Sunday, though he led the Blue Eaglets to a 75-59 rout of Adamson in the UAAP Season 81 juniors basketball tournament on Sunday.
The lanky slotman scored 27 points and grabbed 20 rebounds against the Baby Falcons.