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Not being the 'main man' in G-League select team not a problem for Sotto

by Niel Victor Masoy, May 18, 2020 7:18pm

Kai Sotto has been pretty much the main man for every team he played for in his young basketball career.

From the Saint Francis of Assisi College, to Ateneo de Manila High School, to Gilas Youth, and to The Skills Factory, Sotto was virtually the best player.

That might change, however, as he signed with a new NBA G-League select team bannered by five-star recruits like Isaiah Todd, Daishen Nix, and the Filipino-American Jalen Green.

The 7-foot-2 Sotto, a four-star recruit, might find himself as a role player in that team. It isn't a problem for him, though, saying he worked his way up for every team that he played for.

"Nag start ako maglaro ng basketball like sa Ateneo and sa TSF na hindi ako agad naging star player. I think madali na para sa akin mag adapt," said Sotto in a Zoom interview with select reporters.

For the 18-year-old beanpole, he is about to find out how he's still going to be effective should his 'main man' status diminish into being a 'role player'.

"Lagi na lang ako maghahanap ng mga spots or mga bagay kung saan ako magiging effective and kung saan ako makakatulong sa magiging team namin," shared Sotto, the first international prospect to sign in the G-League's new professional pathway program.

Last Thursday, Sotto, who looks to be the first-ever homegrown Filipino to play in the NBA, officially announced that he'll be joining the G-League through a lengthy Instagram post.

Reportedly, the former UAAP Juniors MVP is set to earn at least $200,000 or P10,000,000 in the G-League's five-month professional pathway program.

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