Kai Sotto: 'I have declared for the 2022 NBA Draft'

Photo credit: Adelaide 36ers / NBL Australia

19-year-old Filipino sensation Kai Sotto announces on his official instagram account that he has declared for the 2022 NBA Draft. After one season with the Adelaide 36ers in the Australia's National Basketball League (NBL), Sotto played in 23 games with an average of 7.52 points (50% fg), 4.48 rebounds, 0.83 block, 69% from the free throw line and 38% from beyond the arc. The Adelaide 36ers ended their 2021-22 season with 10 wins and 18 losses.

As per NBA.com, the 2022 NBA Draft will take place on June 23 (June 24, Manila time) at Barclays Center in Brooklyn while the NBA Draft Combine (May 16-22) and the NBA Draft Lottery (May 17) both will be held in Chicago.

Kai Sotto's Official Statement:
Thank you, Adelaide! Thank you, Australia! It has been an unforgettable year!

To the 36ers Management, my teammates, my coaching staff and my agent Joel Bell, I am a better man and a better professional player than a year ago because you all took me under your wing and challenged and mentored me to live up to expectations.

To all the fans both old and new who support and even travel to games, and have lifted me up on this incredible journey, I am so blessed and inspired when I read your messages and hear your cheers!

To my Mom and Dad and Erin and Tim and my extended family, I am truly grateful for all your unending guidance and all the sacrifices over the years of training and travel.

To Tita P and Tita Chao from EWP, I could not have asked for a better management team that believed in me and supported me and my family from the beginning of my journey.

Finally, an athlete like me doesn’t get to a certain point of his journey without the help and support of many coaches, trainers, sponsors, media and even the army of bloggers who write about me endlessly! I hope to personally thank you all someday.

I have declared for the 2022 NBA Draft. Please pray for and support me during my quest to fulfill my ultimate dream. 🇵🇭

Kai Sotto's Full Game Stats: [CLICK HERE]

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