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Kai Sotto finishes as top U19 blocker, Dave Ildefonso 9th in scoring

Jul 08, 2019 - 7:55 PM

Filipino youngsters prove they can go toe-to-toe with the best the world has to offer

WUNDERKIND. Kai Sotto puts in the work on the defensive end in the FIBA U19 World Cup. Photo from FIBA


Not just Kai or AJ: Teamwork key for Gilas youth in FIBA U19 World Cup

Jun 18, 2019 - 8:09 AM

The Philippines will have its work cut out for it in the global hoops showdown as it faces heavyweights Argentina, host country Greece and Russia in the first round

TWIN TOWERS. Kai Sotto (middle) and AJ Edu (right) are expected to be the cornerstones of the Gilas Pilipinas youth in the 2019 FIBA U19 World Cup. Photo from FIBA


WATCH: Kai Sotto shows improved shooting in workout video

May 21, 2019 - 4:32 PM

The seven-foot Filipino wunderkind has consistently knocked down midrange and three-point shots

SKY IS THE LIMIT. Kai Sotto will be the cornerstone of the Philippine team that will see action in the 2019 FIBA U19 World Cup. File photo from FIBA


Cavs’ Collin Sexton likens workmate Kai Sotto to Dirk Nowitzki

May 17, 2019 - 9:29 PM

Collin Sexton and Kai Sotto train under the same skills coach and the Cavs hotshot says the Filipino teen can definitely ‘shoot it and space the floor’

IMPRESSED. Collin Sexton, who’s in Manila for the Jr NBA, showers the 7-foot-2 Kai Sotto with praise. Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images/AFP

Gilas still 'No. 1 priority' for overseas-bound Kai Sotto

Mar 27, 2019 - 2:56 PM

The 7-foot-2 teen star may be headed to the US and Europe, but his dad promises that their doors will always remain open for the Philippine team

NBA MOVES. Kai Sotto continues to prove why he deserves to be one of the best Filipino basketball players of today. Photo by FIBA

Kai Sotto takes talents to U.S. for training

Mar 26, 2019 - 6:51 PM

The 16-year-old, 7-foot-2 Batang Gilas star will first head to Atlanta in April to train for two months as he prepares for the upcoming 2019 FIBA U19 World Cup

THE FUTURE. Kai Sotto is tasked to lead the Philippines to basketball glory in the future. Photo from FIBA

With NBA dream in mind, Kai Sotto leaves Ateneo to train overseas

Mar 25, 2019 - 1:15 PM

The 7-foot-2 wunderkind seeks to reach the NBA by '2021 or 2022'

GREATER HEIGHTS. Kai Sotto moves on to bigger things for his NBA dream. Photo from FIBA


Green outduels Sotto, FilAm Sports ousts Ateneo in 2019 NBTC Nationals

Mar 20, 2019 - 9:06 PM

Fil-Am Jalen Green's thunderous dunk over Kai Sotto highlights the third day of action in the high school national championship

POSTER DUNK. FilAm Sports USA's Jalen Green skies for a slam jam on Ateneo's Kai Sotto in the 2019 NBTC Nationals Supreme 16. Photo from NBTC

Kai vs Kai: Fil-Am Ballungay eager to take on Ateneo’s Sotto

Mar 20, 2019 - 4:27 PM

Another towering teen named Kai has been making an impact in the NBTC National Finals

BIG BATTLE. Fil-Am star Kai Ballungay and UAAP juniors MVP Kai Sotto face off for the first time. Photos from NBTC

NBTC: Sotto drops 35 in LPU squeaker, sets date with Green's FilAm USA

Mar 19, 2019 - 11:47 PM

Kai Sotto lives up to expectations with a dominant 35-point and 15-rebound performance

WUNDERKIND. Kai Sotto continues to impress in the 2019 NBTC National Finals. Photo from release

As Kai Sotto nears decision, Baldwin says PH still best choice

Mar 15, 2019 - 9:43 PM

Ateneo coach Tab Baldwin says people don't realize how difficult it is for a 16-year-old like Kai Sotto to make the jump to Europe

STAY HERE. Tab Baldwin (right) thinks Kai Sotto can still significantly improve his skills even if he stays in the Philippines. Photos by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler


Ex-NBA D-Leaguer Ray Parks on Kai Sotto: 'Send him overseas ASAP'

Mar 13, 2019 - 4:38 PM

Ray Parks says Kai Sotto should jump on the opportunity after the 7-foot-2 high school star received offers from top-tier European teams

Kai Sotto could decide very soon on Europe offers, eyeing NBA as top goal

Mar 11, 2019 - 4:43 PM

There are 4 teams from Spain and another 1 from Germany which have tendered their offers to the 7-foot-2 wunderkind

BIG DREAMS. Kai Sotto says he is willing to do everything to reach the NBA. Photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler


Kai Sotto mum on future: 'Tapusin muna school year'

Feb 22, 2019 - 9:57 PM

Rather than focusing on what jersey he will wear next – whether here or overseas – the 7-foot-2 basketball teen sensation says he's prioritizing school

SENSATIONAL. Ateneo’s Kai Sotto tallies impressive numbers of 26 points, 25 rebounds and 4 blocks in Game 2 of the UAAP juniors basketball finals. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Kai Sotto cruises to UAAP juniors MVP award

Feb 11, 2019 - 7:50 PM

It's a landslide win for the Ateneo Blue Eaglets star, who bests UST Tiger Cubs' Mark Nonoy by 15 statistical points

DOMINANT. Kai Sotto (right) leads the league in points, rebounds and blocks to be the rightful winner of the Most Valuable Player award. File photo


Kai Sotto stands tall as undisputed leader in juniors MVP race

Dec 15, 2018 - 9:15 PM

Not surprisingly, the 7-foot-1 Ateneo superstar emerges as the runaway statistical leader in the UAAP juniors basketball tournament

UAAP juniors: Blue Eaglets cruise past winless Junior Warriors

Dec 12, 2018 - 5:14 PM

Kai Sotto delivers another stellar outing as the Ateneo Blue Eaglets grab a share of the top spot in the UAAP juniors basketball tournament

DOMINANT. Kai Sotto leads the way again for the blue and white. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Kai Sotto goes off for 36 as Ateneo Eaglets crush UPIS

Dec 08, 2018 - 1:40 PM

The 7-foot-1 prodigy tallies a double-double in the wire-to-wire triumph

PILING IT UP. Kai Sotto and the Ateneo Blue Eaglets earn their fourth win in 5 games in UAAP Season 81. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler


Kai Sotto a 'fighter,' says Gilas coach Yeng Guiao

Nov 26, 2018 - 10:01 PM

The fiery mentor lauds the 16-year-old high schooler for not succumbing to intimidation after suiting up against Lebanon

LONG WAY TO GO. Yeng Guiao (right) is 'pretty happy' of Kai Sotto's tuneup game debut for Gilas Pilipinas. Photos by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler (Guiao) and Josh Albelda/Rappler (Sotto)


Kai Sotto admits there's tons to learn with Gilas

Nov 26, 2018 - 7:45 AM

After playing opponents twice his age in Team Pilipinas' tuneup game against Lebanon, the 7-foot-1 high schooler aches to polish his skills as soon as possible

YOUNG COG. Kai Sotto suits up for Gilas Pilipinas for the first time against Lebanon. Photo by Joaqui Flores/Rappler


Academics first: Kai Sotto skips Gilas tuneup vs Jordan

Nov 20, 2018 - 7:05 AM

The 7-foot-1 wunderkind misses what could have been his debut for the senior squad

YOUNG GUN. Kai Sotto, though, can still play in Team Pilipinas' other tuneup games. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler


Big school: Kai Sotto finds mentors in Fajardo, Slaughter

Nov 14, 2018 - 10:05 PM

As the youngest in the Gilias pool, the 7-foot-1 prodigy sees a rare chance to work on his arsenal with the country's best big men

WUNDERKIND. Although the youngest at 16 years old, Kai Sotto is the tallest in the latest Gilas Pilipinas' 20-man pool at 7-foot-1. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler


Kai Sotto, Ricci Rivero can still make Gilas' final 12, bares Yeng Guiao

Nov 13, 2018 - 8:21 AM

Although chances of seeing the Sotto and Rivero suit up for Team Pilipinas in the World Cup qualifiers are slim, the fiery mentor believes it could still happen

YOUNG BUT TALENTED. Young studs Ricci Rivero (left) and Kai Sotto vie for a spot in Gilas Pilipinas' final 12-man lineup for the fifth window of the World Cup qualifiers. Photos by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler (Rivero) and FIBA (Sotto)


Sotto, Fajardo in action as Gilas prep resumes

Nov 12, 2018 - 9:09 PM

Twelve of the 20 pool players selected by head coach Yeng Guiao are present in Day 1 of the buildup for the fifth window of the Asian Qualifiers for the World Cup

YOUNG GUNS. Kai Sotto and Ricci Rivero – two of the youngest players in Team Pilipinas' 20-man pool – answer Yeng Guiao's call-up. Photo by Delfin Dioquino/Rappler


'Dream come true' as Kai Sotto set to practice with Gilas, Yeng

Nov 11, 2018 - 5:42 PM

The 7-foot-1 teen star can't wait to join PBA stalwarts like June Mar Fajardo and Greg Slaughter in the Gilas training

EXCITED. Kai Sotto says he's looking forward to learn from national team coach Yeng Guiao. Photo from FIBA

Kai Sotto, Jayson Castro join Gilas FIBA World Cup qualifiers training pool

Nov 06, 2018 - 6:30 PM

Despite their availability for the game against Iran, Andray Blatche and Terrence Romeo are not named to the 20-man training pool

WUNDERKIND. 7-foot-1 Batang Gilas star Kai Sotto is named to Yeng Guiao's 20-man training pool. Photo by FIBA

Former NBA player wants to see Kai Sotto overseas

Oct 31, 2018 - 8:39 PM

Former 10-year NBA veteran Cherokee Parks believes the 7-foot-1 Filipino teen fits the mold of the modern big man

WUNDERKIND. Even at 16 year old, Kai Sotto has already received offers to play abroad. Photo from FIBA


WATCH: Kai Sotto shows off NBA level moves

Oct 30, 2018 - 4:40 PM

The 7-foot-1 wunderkind makes another mean dunk off a euro-step on the fast break

GREATER HEIGHTS. Kai Sotto continues to prove that he's one of the most promising Filipino basketball players. Photo by FIBA

WATCH: Kai Sotto slams home off-the-board alley-oop dunk

Oct 28, 2018 - 8:54 PM

The 7-foot-1 wunderkind adds another highlight to his personal reel

LEAGUE OF HIS OWN. Kai Sotto continues to impress. Photo from FIBA Asia


Seeing homegrown Filipino player in NBA 'just a matter of time'

Oct 25, 2018 - 6:04 PM

NBA Asia managing director Scott Levy believes a full-blooded Filipino is bound for the NBA soon

HIGH HOPES. Seven-foot-one wunderkind Kai Sotto is touted to become the first homegrown Filipino player in the NBA. File photo from FIBA


Kai Sotto to stay with Ateneo amid Real Madrid recruitment rumors

Sep 29, 2018 - 1:37 PM

Ateneo Blue Eaglets coach Reggie Varilla says his prized 7-foot-1 ward is staying right here at home to play in the UAAP

BIG SENSATION. The 7-foot-1 Kai Sotto continues to get international attention. Photo from FIBA

Batang Gilas a win away from FIBA U19 World Cup berth

Aug 08, 2018 - 12:27 PM

(UPDATED) The Philippine basketball youth team needs to win against Bahrain to advance to the world stage

ON A ROLL. The unbeaten Batang Gilas squad continues to show that the future of Philippine basketball looks good. Photo from FIBA

Batang Gilas twin towers Kai Sotto, AJ Edu ready to roll

Aug 05, 2018 - 8:20 AM

The 7-foot-1 Kai Sotto and 6-foot-10 AJ Edu make an imposing frontcourt as Batang Gilas kicks off its bid in the FIBA Under-18 Asian Championship

CHEMISTRY. AJ Edu and Kai Sotto (back row, 3rd and 4th from left) hope talent and team chemistry will help Batang Gilas secure a world berth. Photo from Edu Facebook account (@ajedu15)

FIBA Asia U18: Key additions Edu, Panopio boost Batang Gilas bid

Jul 29, 2018 - 5:28 PM

Fil-Nigerian AJ Edu and Fil-Italian Dalph Panopio bolster the Philippine basketball youth team bannered by Kai Sotto

TOWERING STAR. The 7-foot-1 Kai Sotto banners the national under-18 team anew, just weeks after leading the squad’s campaign in the FIBA U17 World Cup. Photo from FIBA

Kai Sotto braces for tough World Cup grind

Jun 21, 2018 - 4:18 PM

The 7-foot-1 standout thinks teammates Forthsky Padrigao and Carl Tamayo will also play key roles in the under-17 world basketball tournament

NO PRESSURE. Facing the world's best may not be easy, but Kai Sotto thinks the Batang Gilas players have all put in the work. Photo from FIBA Asia

Kai Sotto leads FIBA Asia U16 in 3 departments

Apr 09, 2018 - 8:30 PM

Kai Sotto establishes himself as one of Asia's best budding big men as he lords over the efficiency, blocking, and rebounding departments of the tournament

DOMINANT. Kai Sotto leads the efficiency, rebounds and blocks departments in the 2018 FIBA U16 Asian Championships. Photo from FIBA


Sotto, Cortez lead way as Batang Gilas survives Malaysia in FIBA Asia U16

Apr 02, 2018 - 3:43 PM

Kai Sotto has 12 points, 16 rebounds and 4 blocks while Raven Cortez adds 12 points and 12 rebounds in Batang Gilas' opening win

TOWERING. Kai Sotto drops 12 points, 16 rebounds and 4 blocks as Batang Gilas escapes Malaysia in the FIBA U16 Asia Championships. Photo from FIBA


Kihei Clark, Team Hustle down Jalen Green, Team Heart in NBTC All-Star Game

Mar 23, 2018 - 3:57 PM

Filipino-American Kihei Clark is named All-Star Game MVP after an all-around performance of 13 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists and 3 steals

HUSTLE OVER HEART. Coach Topex Robinson and his Team Hustle prevail over Team Heart in the NBTC All-Star Game. Photo by JR Isaga


Co-MVPs Sotto, Nelle lead Team Punks in OT win in SLAM Rising Stars Classic

Mar 18, 2018 - 11:00 PM

Kai Sotto finishes with 16 points, 13 rebounds, and 3 blocks while Evan Nelle tallies a team-high 21 points on top of 4 rebounds and 3 assists

ONE-TWO PUNCH. Kai Sotto and Evan Nelle are named co-MVPs in the 5th Slam Rising Stars Classic by leading Team Punks over Team Hype in overtime. Photo by JR Isaga

Ateneo Blue Eaglets aim high as top seed of 11th NBTC season

Mar 16, 2018 - 10:00 AM

Forthsky Padrigao will join the Blue Eaglets as the champion team will be without key players Dave Ildefonso and Joaqui Manuel in the tournament

HEADLINE. Kai Sotto of the Ateneo Blue Eaglets headlines the 11th NBTC Season. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Kai Sotto sits atop final NBTC 24 rankings

Mar 07, 2018 - 9:23 PM

Kai Sotto will be headlining the Chooks-to-Go/National Basketball Training Center All-Star Game on March 23 at the Mall of Asia Arena

TOWERING. Kai Sotto remains as the top high school basketball prospect in the country. Photo from NBTC/Chooks-to-Go

Ateneo Blue Eaglets claim UAAP juniors title with thrilling win over NU

Mar 02, 2018 - 7:20 PM

Ateneo buried the memory of its Game 2 loss with a nail-biter in the winner-take-all Game 3 over Nazareth School of NU

JUBILATION. The Ateneo Blue Eaglets celebrate after winning the UAAP juniors basketball basketball championship. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

NU Bullpups deny Ateneo’s season sweep, force Game 3 with 70-67 win

Feb 27, 2018 - 7:24 PM

Both teams will return to FilOil for the all-or-nothing Game 3 on Friday, March 2

ESCAPE. Rhayyan Amsali of NU shakes off his Ateneo defenders in Game 2 of the finals of UAAP Jrs Basketball Finals. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Ateneo’s Kai Sotto drops 11-block TD in Finals Game 1 rout of NU Bullpups

Feb 23, 2018 - 8:09 PM

A confident Kai Sotto texts Coach Joe Silva before Game 1: 'Coach, abangan niyo na. Eto na. I got you, Coach. Makikita niyo na ang totoong Kai Sotto'

DOMINANT. File photo of Kai Sotto during his Batang Gilas campaign in 2017. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

SJ Belangel overtakes Kai Sotto as best HS player in NBTC rankings

Feb 13, 2018 - 6:42 PM

SJ Belangel snatches the top spot over his towering teammate Kai Sotto, who reigned supreme in the rankings for 4 straight weeks

STAR. SJ Belangel cements himself as one of the best high school players in the country. Photo from Twitter (@sjbelangel)



UAAP Jrs: Ateneo weathers late UPIS run; FEU sneaks past DLSZ in OT

Feb 04, 2018 - 6:46 PM

The Blue Eaglets continue their magical run, going undefeated in 12 games

UNDEFEATED. The Ateneo Blue Eaglets extend their winning streak to  12 games. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

NBTC 24 Week 2: Eaglet SJ Belangel catapults to top 3

Jan 22, 2018 - 9:28 PM

SJ Belangel leapfrogs Will Gozum in the rankings

TOP 3. SJ Belangel leaps from top 5 to top 3 in the second week of the NBTC rankings. Photo from Twitter (@sjbelangel)

Kobe Paras, Thirdy Ravena banner '23 for 23' Gilas pool roster

Jan 05, 2018 - 1:21 PM

The list is 'by no means final' but if Gilas sticks with all players, no one on the national team roster would be older than 30 in 2023

YOUNG GUNS. The next version of the national team could be led by rising youngsters Thirdy Ravena, Robert Bolick and Kobe Paras. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Kai Sotto to Gilas in 2023? Chot Reyes ‘not discounting' his chances of joining World Cup

Dec 14, 2017 - 7:50 PM

Gilas coach Chot Reyes says he'd prefer the core to be made up of players between 26 and 32 years of age, but wouldn't look past an 'exceptional' player who is younger

FUTURE PROSPECT. Kai Sotto is an exceptionally tall prospect who is dominating against players his own age, and coach Chot Reyes says he wouldn't close the door on adding the young player to the roster in 2023. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Kai Sotto's double-double powers Eaglets in drubbing Baby Falcons

Nov 11, 2017 - 2:58 PM

Kai Sotto and SJ Belangel lead the Blue Eaglets to their first victory of the season