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G League president gives Kai Sotto starter pack, calls him ‘best young player in Asia’

Kai Sotto is officially part of the G League.

Wednesday morning (Manila time), the 18-year-old who is set to play for the minor league’s elite prospects team was given a starter pack by the league.

This includes an official G League backpack, a New Era cap, and kits.

“I’m speechless, it’s a big gift,” said the 7-foot-2 big man in his “unboxing” video.

“Stay humble … blessed to be part of such a great organization. Thanks, NBA G League.”

It also had a congratulatory message from former NBA pro and G League president Shareef Abdur-Rahim.

“I want to start by first congratulating you on everything that you’ve accomplished so far, be one of the top-rated players in this year’s class,” he said.

“We want to welcome you to the NBA family.”

Abdur-Rahim also called Sotto the “best young player in Asia.”

In the G League, he will “have the opportunity to accelerate his on-court development as he learns NBA-style basketball alongside veterans of the professional game while focusing heavily on life skills development.”

The team based in San Diego, California will be coached by Brian Shaw.

Sotto has been playing for The Skills Factory over the past year. He is the 62nd-ranked high school prospect by ESPN. He is also a four-star recruit, and was crowned as Asia’s best center under 17 years old a year ago.

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