Kai Sotto, ranked 49th in the Sports Illustrated Mock Draft

Adelaide 36ers' Kai Sotto.  -Adelaide 36ERS photo

File – Kai Sotto during his work with the Adelaide 36ers. -Adelaide 36ERS photo

MANILA, Philippines – Sports Illustrated has projected Kai Soto as the 49th pick of the Sacramento Kings in the 2022 NBA Draft Mock Draft.

U.S.-based reporter Brett Siegel predicts that the 7-foot-3 center will be drafted by Sacramento in the second round.

Sports Illustrated is the only media outlet in the United States that enlisted the help of native Filipino talent to draft. ESPN, NBA Draft Room, SB Nation, Bleacher Report, Yahoo Sports, The Ringer, The Athletic, CBS Sports and USA Today did not list Stowe.

The Adelaide 36ers center is ready to work with the New York Knicks and other NBA teams before the draft.

The 20-year-old has had an impressive run in the Australian National Basketball League, averaging 7.6 points on 51-percent field goals in 23 games, including a 4.5 rebound in 15.2 minutes and a 39-percent shooting from 0.7 block deep.

Sotto will be the first Filipino native talent to be drafted in the NBA on June 23 in Brooklyn.

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