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Sotto can keep up with G-League competition, says former developmental player Ravena

by Niel Victor Masoy, May 20, 2020 7:37pm

As a former developmental player in the NBA D-League (now G-League), Kiefer Ravena knows that the competition there is no joke.

That said, Ravena, who now plays for the NLEX Road Warriors in the PBA, knows that Kai Sotto has his work cut out for him in the NBA's developmental league.

"It's not going to be easy. Definitely, it's going to be a challenge for Kai," said Ravena in a video posted by The Collective on YouTube.

Ravena, who suited up for the Texas Legends' development roster in 2016 before finally deciding to play in the PBA in 2017, said more physicality and grown men awaits the 18-year-old and 7-foot-2 Sotto in the G-League.

"It's going to be a bit more physical. Down there, you'll be battling guys close to your height or heavier than you or mas matured yung katawan sa kanya.

"It's different. Even if you're 7-foot-3 coming into the G-League. You're 17-years-old, you'll be battling against 6'10" 28, 30 year olds."

Despite these, Ravena believes that Sotto, a four-star recruit and the first international player to take the G-League's new professional pathway program, can hold his own against the competition as he looks to be the first-ever homegrown Filipino talent to make the NBA.

"I think Kai is up to the challenge. I talk to the guy. Ever since, we've stay connected kahit kamustahan lang. With the doubters, I'm sure he'll be able to handle it. He was raised well by his parents. He is born for this challenge of making his dream come true," said Ravena.

"He's a young star. He is up for the challenge. A hundred million Filipinos are behind his back, supporting him in becoming the first Filipino born NBA player."

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