KAI Sotto is set to leave the country to pursue his NBA dreams.
The 7-foot-2 Sotto announced his decision to leave Ateneo and go overseas in a lengthy Instagram post on Monday.
"Nakapag-decide na po ako at ang pamilya ko. I'll be leaving soon to start training full-time. I want to devote the next two to three years to single-mindedly focus on my goal of joining the NBA by 2021 or 2022," he wrote.
Sotto has been a dominant force in the local high school basketball scene this past year, winning the UAAP Season 81 Juniors MVP award and leading the Blue Eaglets to a runner-up finish in his third year.
He has yet to lay out a detailed plan on what he will do to get to the NBA, though European clubs including Real Madrid and Barcelona are bent on securing the 16-year-old's services.
Sotto said that he and his family have taken everything in consideration with regards to his future.
"After a lot of effort by me and my dad to assess all the opportunities presented to me, I strongly feel, with his advice and the advice of other experienced mentors, that leaving immediately to start training and getting the right exposure will go a long way to help me realize my dream," he said.
"Pinagisipan ko po ito ng mabuti. I will train very hard and sacrifice and focus in the next few years so that one day soon, you will be very proud of me. Gagawin ko po lahat ng makakaya ko, with the guidance of my dad and mom, to be the very best that I can be."
"Para po ito sa future ko, ng pamilya ko, at especially po, para sa Batang Gilas, Gilas Pilipinas, at higit sa lahat, para sa bayan!," he said. "Sana po all of you will support me and pray for me. I will strive very hard and never let you down."