MANILA, Philippines – Kai Sotto confirmed that he will not join Gilas Pilipinas at the 2021 Fiba Asia Cup in Indonesia as he is set to fulfill his commitments to the Adelaide team in the Australian National Basketball League.
Sotto said in a Facebook post that he will be in Adelaide from August 1, two days before the continental tournament starts in Jakarta.
The 7-foot-3 center will begin his mandatory quarantine in Australia in early August, effectively removing him from Gilas’ Asian Cup lineup.
“Playing in the NBL is a critical step in my basketball journey and now that I have met my qualification window and my OQT commitments with the national team, I want to focus on playing well for the Adelaide 36ers and focus 1000% on giving. to the 36ers all my best effort, ”wrote Sotto.
Sotto said both Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas and his East West Private agency tried to find the best possible route for him, but his commitments to the 36ers appeared to be the choice.
There has been a lot of speculation about whether I will join Gilas for the FIBA Asia Cup next August. The …
Therefore, he requested the public’s understanding of his decision to join his club and resign from his duties with the national team for now.
“I know that many will be disappointed with my announcement, but I ask for your understanding,” he wrote in Filipino. “I will return to Gilas stronger and more experienced after playing in Australia.”
“Pray for my teammates at the Asian Cup and I too will be one of the loudest fans.”
Sotto made his senior debut in the third window of the Asian Cup Qualifiers, where he scored 9.3 points and 7.0 rebounds in three games.
He then played twice in the Fiba Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Belgrade and averaged 9.0 points and 4.5 rebounds.
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