Filipino basketball players

Kai Sotto in ‘right direction’ with Australia move, says AJ Edu

Delfin Dioquino

TWIN TOWERS. AJ Edu says the sky is the limit for his former Gilas Youth teammate Kai Sotto.


Former Gilas Youth standout AJ Edu says the Australia route to the NBA is a 'pathway that is proven'

Filipino big man Kai Sotto made the optimal decision to join the National Basketball League (NBL) in Australia.

AJ Edu had this to say about his former Gilas Youth teammate as Sotto recently signed with the Adelaide 36ers of the NBL with hopes of making the big jump to the NBA.

“The sky is the limit for him as everyone knows. The potential that he has is incredible,” Edu told the Power and Play with Noli Eala program of Radyo Singko on Saturday, May 29.

“The pathway that he is going in is definitely, I feel, like the right direction.”

Edu argued the NBL has produced several NBA players, most notably Charlotte Hornets star LaMelo Ball, who played for the Illawara Hawks.

Drafted No. 3 overall after his NBL stint, Ball impressed in his first season as the NBA named him as a finalist for the Rookie of the Year honors.

Another NBL product is set to join NBA with Josh Giddey of the 36ers projected as a first-round pick in the 2021 Draft.

“It is definitely a pathway that is proven. It is just up to him,” Edu said.

Sotto and Edu last played together in the 2019 FIBA U19 World Cup, where the Filipino-Nigerian got sidelined for the rest of the tournament after sustaining a knee injury in their first game.

Edu suffered another knee injury in December last year in an NCAA game for the Toledo Rockets.

Now fully recovered, Edu has set several personal goals for the future, including suiting up for Gilas Pilipinas.

“Obviously, I do want to play for Gilas in the near future,” Edu said.

“This coming summer might be a little soon seeing that I just basically recovered from my injury. But definitely in the future, the plan is to be part of Gilas.” –

Delfin Dioquino

Delfin Dioquino dreamt of being a PBA player, but he did not have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to being an athlete – to write about them. He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.