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Kai Sotto’s success is country’s too, says Al Panlilio



Tiebreaker Times Kai Sotto's success is country's too, says Al Panlilio Basketball Gilas Pilipinas News  Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas Kai Sotto Al Panlilio 2020-21 NBA G-League Season

Seen as a building block in Gilas Pilipinas’ future, the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas lauded Kai Sotto’s move to enter the G League. 

“The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas is one with all Filipino basketball fans in expressing our all-out support for Kai Sotto as he takes the next big step in his career,” read SBP president Al Panlilio’s statement.

For the past four years, the 7-foot-2 prodigy has been an integral part of the Gilas Pilipinas Youth program.

He twice steered the country to World Cups, 2018 Under-17 and 2019 Under-19. Moreover, he was also part of Gilas Men’s pool during the fifth window of the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers.

But Panlilio knows that the experiences the 18-year-old will gain in the G League will be different from those of his journey so far. And it will only lead to good things for Philippine basketball.

“We had a frontrow seat in seeing Kai grow through our Gilas Pilipinas Youth program and we’re hopeful that his development will continue further in the NBA G League not just as a basketball player but as a young man as well.”

Former Gilas Men coaches have been in unison in saying that Sotto should be a shoo-in for the 2023 FIBA World Cup here in the country.

And so for Panlilio, Sotto entering the pros will fast track things for Gilas.

“Kai will be a huge part of the future of Philippine basketball, so his success will be the entire country’s too.”

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