Filipino basketball star Kai Sotto crowned Fans’ MVP, declares for NBA Draft

Kai Sotto Fans' MVP NBA
Kai Sotto of the Philippines is the Fans’ Most Valuable Player (MVP) in Australia’s National Basketball League (NBL). Photo from NBL FB.

Filipino basketball star Kai Sotto has been crowned the Fans’ Most Valuable Player (MVP) in Australia’s National Basketball League (NBL) following his first professional stint with the Adelaide 36ers.

The Pinoy 7’3″ center was named the winner of the Fans’ MVP award in this year’s NBL Awards, also known as The Gazeys, named in honor of former top Australian professional basketball player Andrew Gaze.

Kai Sotto today, April 28, 2022, took to Instagram to thank the Sixers for a season stint and an “unforgettable year” and revealed that he has declared for the National Basketball Association (NBA) draft.

“Thank you, Adelaide! Thank you, Australia! It has been an unforgettable year!” Kai Sotto wrote in an Instagram post.

“I have declared for the 2022 NBA Draft. Please pray for and support me during my quest to fulfill my ultimate dream,” Sotto added.

During the awards event on April 27, NBL Commissioner Jeremy Loeliger praised Sotto’s performance and “exponential” improvement in his first season with the Sixers and remarked that the Filipino basketball wunderkind has a “very bright future ahead of him.”

Sotto averaged 7.52 points and 4.48 rebounds in the NBL season. Sotto and the Adelaide 36ers ended the season on a high note with a dominant 93-60 victory against the New Zealand Breakers.

The former NBA G League Ignite player was chosen as the winner of the Fans’ MVP honor, presented by Chemist Warehouse, through an online poll on the NBL website.

After leaving the NBA development program, Sotto continued his professional basketball career by signing up with the Australian NBL last year. His ultimate dream is to be the first homegrown Filipino basketball player to join the NBA of the United States.

SEND CONGRATULATIONS in the comments below to Pinoy star athlete Kai Sotto, the winner of the Fans’ Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award in Australia’s National Basketball League (NB), and wish him luck with his bid for the NBA 2022 draft!

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