MANILA, Philippines – Kai Sotto worked with the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday and met with former Philippine men’s basketball team star-coach Jimmy Alapag.
Kings posted highlights of their pre-draft workout, which included the 7-foot-3 Filipino center and other candidates Jacob Gilliard, Fats Russell, Eoin Macaundu, Carlo Matkovic and Yannick Enzosa.
Sacramento finished fourth overall pick as well as 37th and 49th pick in the 2022 NBA Rookie Draft on June 23 in Brooklyn.
Three weeks ago, Sports Illustrated speculated in its mock draft that Sacramento would draft the 20-year-old as the 49th pick.
A new day, a new team of possibilities in the gym
⬛️ Kai Sotto
See the full workout: https://t.co/RuuwKif5fk pic.twitter.com/wIysqrJnCV
– Sacramento Kings (acSacramentoKings) June 16, 2022
Sotto, who is set to become the first native Filipino to be drafted in the NBA, has participated in several workouts in recent weeks with the New York Knicks, Orlando Magic and Chicago Bulls.
The Adelaide 36ers’ center has met former PBA star Alapag, who is currently working as an approved assistant coach for the G-League in Stockton Kings, Sacramento.
“The whole country and I’m rooting for you,” Alapag said of Soto in an Instagram post.
Sotto seeks to make history as the first native Filipino to be drafted in the NBA. The Rookie Draft is set for June 23 in Brooklyn.
The former Glass Philippines guard hopes Soto will make it to the NBA.
“It’s great to see Kai here in Sacramento! Best of luck on your journey to the NBA! The whole country and I’m rooting for you !! Keep up the good work !!” Alapg posted on his Instagram.
Storro had an impressive time in the Australian National Basketball League, averaging 7.6 points at 51 per cent field goals with 39 per cent shooting from deep and 4.5 rebounds and 0.7 blocks in 15.2 minutes in 23 games.
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