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    As Euro teams wait, Kai Sotto says he'll choose path that will bring him closer to NBA dream

    Mar 11, 2019
    PHOTO: Jerome Ascano

    IT'S only a matter of time before Kai Sotto makes one of the biggest decisions in his budding basketball career.

    As offers from European teams continue to come in, the 7-foot-2 prodigy of Ateneo's high school team bared that it won't take long before he decides on his next move.

    "Siguro before NBTC or after. Basta this summer, hindi mahirap na mag-decide ako," the 17-year-old said.

    Aside from Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Baskonia in Spain, and Alba Berlin in Germany, Sotto said Spanish club Estudiantes has also signified its intention to sign him up.

    Sotto assured he will make the decision in consultation with his family.

    "Yung tatay ko naman, sinasabi naman niya lahat at open siya sa akin. Talagang transparent siya. Kaya ako, more of nagtatanong lang ako sa kanya at umu-oo o hindi lang ako sa kanya. Magde-decide kami siguro ngayong summer," he said.

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      The UAAP Season 81 Juniors MVP said he couldn't be anymore grateful for the attention he's getting from these foreign squads this early in his career after showing what he can do in his three years with the Ateneo Blue Eaglets.

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      "Syempre wine-welcome ko naman yung mga offers nila para sa akin. Di ko naman yun binabalewala kasi alam ko naman na para sa akin din 'yun at makakatulong din yun sa akin. Talagang pag-iisipan muna namin ng mabuti kung ano yung magiging decision namin bago kami mag-decide," he said.

      Asked what would be the biggest factor in his decision, Sotto said it would boil down to which club can offer him the best for his individual development - one which he hopes could lead him to becoming the first homegrown Filipino player to play in the NBA.

      "Yung development ko as a player ang pinakaimportante kasi pwede namang hindi ako pumili ng club pero magte-train lang ako sa kanila," he said.

      "Ang importante lang naman sa akin is mag-improve ako, magpagaling at magpalakas pa lalo dahil yung goal ko talaga is mag-NBA. Gagawin ko yung lahat para makapunta doon."

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