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Kai Sotto declares for NBA Draft

Kai Sotto is entering the NBA Draft. NBL (file photo)
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA—The NBA dream is officially on for Kai Sotto.

The seven-foot-three wunderkind announced that he has officially thrown his name into the upcoming NBA Draft.

Sotto, who played with the Adelaide 36ers this NBL season, confirmed the development on his Instagram page.

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

Sotto played limited minutes off the bench for Adelaide for most of the regular season, but he got more minutes in his past few games when the team already knew about his fate of making the playoffs.

He averaged 7.5 points on 50 percent field goals including 38 percent from long range, 4.5 rebounds, 0.5 assists, 0.8 blocks, and 0.3 steals in a little over 15 minutes a game this season.

However, Sotto averaged 14 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 2.0 blocks a night in what could be his last two games as a 36er, both ending up in wins.

Before that, he went for a pro career-high 21 points in a gallant stand against the Brisbane Bullets.

Questions surrounded Sotto's future overnight when he was not listed in the early entry applicants for the draft scheduled for June 24 (Philippine Time) in New York City.

But Sotto was declared "auto-eligible" for the draft, paving the way for him to throw his name in without any hitch.

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