Kai Sotto to play for Adelaide 36ers in Australian basketball league

By CNN Philippines Staff

Basketball star Kai Sotto has made history as the first Filipino to join Australia’s National Basketball League.

The 18-year-old prodigy signed a multi-year deal with the Adelaide 36ers, the team announced on Wednesday. He will join the prestigious league starting from the 2021/2022 season.

“The Adelaide 36ers are pleased to announce that rising young Filipino talent [Kai Sotto] has signed a multi-year deal with the Club from NBL22,” the management shared on Twitter.

Sotto also confirmed the development in a media forum the same day.

“Very excited, it’s a different kind of competition,” Sotto said. “Para sa akin, ang focus ko lang is to develop and mag-adjust para sa team ko (For me, my only focus is to develop and adjust for my team).”

The Adelaide 36ers said Sotto inked a contract with the team for two seasons, with an option for a third. This comes following “several months of discussions” between the parties, the management added.

Sotto is expected to arrive in Adelaide in August, just in time for the NBL’s pre-season. In recent years, the league has emerged as an alternative route for elite prospects looking to make it into the NBA.

Sotto’s latest move comes after he parted ways in a mutual decision with Team Ignite in the NBA G League.

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