IN his own words, Kai Sotto "will never say no" to representing the Philippines.
And even with his forthcoming international commitments on the horizon, the Gilas big man is still locked in on securing a roster spot for the 2023 Fiba World Cup to be co-hosted by the country alongside Japan and Indonesia in August.
“First of all, I never said no to representing my country. I've been playing for my country ever since I was fourteen years old," said Sotto in a teaser released by the program.
There has been a lot of speculation on Sotto's availability for Gilas in the global showcase, more so after Gilas coach Chot Reyes said the national team is set to gather this week under the premise that the big man won't be playing for the team.
"I don't think about what other people say about me not wanting to join [Gilas for the World Cup. I'm just focusing on [the present]," he added. "And again, I've never said no to playing for my country because that's been my dream ever since I started playing basketball.”
His top two dreams, Sotto said, is to make the NBA and play for the country.
In addition, he signed a fresh contract extension with Japan B.League side Hiroshima Dragonflies with a corresponding NBA opt-out clause should he be drafted or signed by an NBA team in the current offseason.
Gilas Pilipinas will ramp up its World Cup preparations starting with a tune-up match against European side Lithuania in late June.