JUST IN: Philippines’ Kai Sotto officially welcomed by NBA G League president

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Kai Sotto steps closer to his dream of being the first homegrown Filipino basketball player in the NBA. Photo from Kai Sotto Instagram.

The Philippines’ Kai Sotto has been officially welcomed to the National Basketball Association (NBA) G League by its president, Shareef Abdur-Rahim.

The young Filipino basketball star, a UAAP Juniors MVP from the Ateneo High School and Batang Gilas standout, was first reported in May to have signed up by the NBA G League Pathway Program that brings him a step closer to his dream of being the first full-blooded Filipino to join the American pro league.

On Wednesday Kai Sotto received his official welcome to the league from NBA pro and G League president Shareef Abdur-Rahim.

In an unboxing video posted on Sotto’s social media on July 22, 2020 (Philippine Time), Abdur-Rahim was seen welcoming the Filipino player to the program.

“Hello Kai, this is Shareef. I want to start by first congratulating you on everything that you’ve accomplished so far… being one of the top-rated players in this year’s class, the best young player from Asia. We’re so excited to have you,” said the NBA G League president.

“We want to welcome you to the NBA family. We’re so excited to have you tip your first season off. Take care. We’ll see you soon. Stay safe,” Abdur-Rahim added.

The unboxing video also showed the NBA G League official gear given to the 18-year-old Sotto who had trained and given a championship title to The Skills Factory for which he earned the Most Valuable Player award.

The 7’2″ basketball player received his NBA G League starter pack that includes the official G League backpack, a New Era cap, and player kits.

“I’m very proud and excited to start my professional career with the NBA G League Select Team. I hope to continue counting on your support,” said Kai Sotto in his social media post earlier in May.

SEND CONGRATULATIONS AND WELL WISHES in the comments below to Kai Sotto for stepping closer to his dream of being a Filipino in the NBA.

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