Kai Sotto back in Manila to join Gilas Pilipinas training
MANILA, Philippines — Kai Sotto landed in the country on Thursday ahead of his Gilas Pilipinas return in the fourth window of the Fiba World Cup 2023 Asian Qualifiers.
The 7-foot-3 center posted on his Instagram stories that he arrived in Manila after his stop in Australia last week to rejoin the Adelaide 36ers.
Sotto is expected to attend his first training with Gilas on Saturday.
The 20-year-old big man last played for the national team during last year’s Fiba Asia Cup qualifiers and Olympic qualifiers in Serbia.
Sotto is joining NBA star Jordan Clarkson to reinforce Gilas Pilipinas, which suffered disappointing results from a silver medal finish in the 31st Southeast Asian Games last May to the third window and Fiba Asia Cup last July.
Gilas battles Lebanon on August 25 in Beirut before Sotto and Clarkson’s first home game against Saudi Arabia on August 29 at Mall of Asia Arena.
It was Sotto’s first return to the Philippines since he was left undrafted in the 2022 NBA Rookie Draft.
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