Chasing a dream

first_imgPhoto from Fiba.comPhilippine basketball’s young, rough jewel will get the polishing that it needs—but overseas.Kai Sotto, the sought-after high school star seen by many as the face of the country in future international events, has set his sights on pursuing his NBA dreams, dumping several offers to play in the country for the meantime.ADVERTISEMENT Cooper sees great talent for Azkals after Bangkok camp Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag “I will train very hard and sacrifice and focus in the next few years so that one day soon, you will be very proud of me.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Google Philippines names new country director Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess The 7-foot-2 Sotto announced his immediate plan to leave the country and train overseas.“Nakapag-decide na po ako at ang pamilya ko (My family and I have already decided). I’ll be leaving soon to start training full time,” Sotto wrote on his Instagram account on Monday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsSotto also bid farewell to Ateneo, which he led to two UAAP juniors Finals appearances, including a championship run in Season 80.Recognizing his talent and knowing that its high school star is the future of the UAAP, Ateneo has a standing offer for Sotto to play in the UAAP and be trained by a group that will be assigned by the Blue Eagles’ coaching staff. Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles The 16-year-old prodigy also reportedly has offers from several club teams in Spain and another in Germany.“I want to devote the next two to three years to single-mindedly focus on my goal of joining the NBA by 2021 (or) 2022,” he said.In saying that, it is not clear, though, if Sotto will be available for national duty with Batang Gilas—or even the men’s team—while he is away.Sotto believes training abroad gives him the international exposure he needs as he tries to become the first full-blooded Filipino to make the NBA.“After a lot of effort by me and my dad to assess all the opportunities presented to me, I strongly feel (with his advice and the advice of other experienced mentors) that leaving immediately to start my training and getting the right exposure will go a long way to help me realize my dream,” the post read.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIEScenter_img Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img

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