Kai Sotto to play for Hiroshima in B.League

Camille B. Naredo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 07 2023 09:41 AM | Updated as of Feb 07 2023 10:10 AM

(UPDATED) After two seasons with the Adelaide 36ers in Australia's National Basketball League, Filipino center Kai Sotto is now taking his talents to Japan.

The Hiroshima Dragonflies announced Tuesday morning that they signed the Gilas Pilipinas mainstay to an Asian Player Quota contract for the 2022-23 season of the B.League.

Sotto, 20, averaged 7.1 points and 4.5 rebounds in his 50 appearances for the 36ers in the NBL, winning the starting spot towards the second half of the 2022-23 season.

The 36ers confirmed Sotto's departure last Sunday after their elimination from the playoff race.

In Hiroshima, Sotto joins a team that is in the thick of the hunt for a playoff spot. The Dragonflies are currently tied for fourth in the B.League with a 27-9 win-loss record.

"I am looking forward to playing with the Hiroshima Dragonflies. I will do my best to make the season of the Dragonflies, which aims to win the B League, a great one," Sotto said in comments provided by the club.

Sotto is the second Filipino player to suit up for Hiroshima this season. The Dragonflies previously inked former La Salle star Justine Baltazar to an Asian Player Quota contract, but parted ways with him in December.

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