Kai Sotto won’t be joining the start of the NBA G League that is set to go on inside a bubble at the Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, Florida this February.
The 18-year-old Sotto, who has grown an inch and now stands at 7’3”, will head back home to the Philippines instead.
Sotto confirmed his decision to return to country in an Instagram message yesterday.
He will join Gilas Pilipinas men’s basketball team as they prepare for the third window of the 2021 FIBA Asia Cup qualifiers in February.
The national men’s team will have Sotto joining their practices under a bubble soon at the Inspire Academy in Calamba, Laguna.
“I’m heading home soon. Excited ako at nabigyan ako ng opportunity para makapaglaro sa Gilas sa February window. Nagpapasalamat ako sa mga sumusuporta sa akin, at sa aking pangarap na makapaglaro para sa bayan, at sa NBA sa tamang panahon,” said Sotto in a video message.
The games of the NBA G League are set to go on next month at the Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, Florida.
Sotto, who is part of Team Ignite, is expected to join Gilas before they leave for the venue of FIBA Asian Cup qualifier inside the bubble at the Angeles University Foundation gymnasium in Clark, Pampanga.
Gilas is set to play against South Korea on Feb. 18 and 22 and Indonesia on Feb. 20.
Sotto will first undergo a 14-day quarantine before he is allowed to proceed to the Laguna bubble.
Already inside the Calamba bubble are Philippine Basketball Association players Kiefer Ravena, CJ Perez and Justin Chua.
They have joined Gilas picks Isaac Go, Rey Suerte, Matt and Mike Nieto. Joining them are Justine Baltazar, Javi Gomez de Liaño, Dave Ildefonso, Will Navarro, Calvin Oftana, Kemark Cariño, and naturalized player candidate Angelo Kouame.
Roger Pogoy, Troy Rosario and Raul Soyud are set to also take part in the practice pool by today, Friday.