Kai Sotto received formal offers from NCAA Division 1 universities and colleges, but turned them down to join the NBA G League instead.
This was confirmed by his manager, Patty Scott, during a conference call after Sotto made his decision official.
"We were fortunate and blessed to visit, Kai got to visit (University of) Kentucky, and we went to Auburn (University) and Georgia Tech (Georgia Institute of Technology)," said Scott, who added that Sotto was also "in communication" with University of Southern California, University of Georgia, and Boston College.
"All of the coaches definitely connected with Kai and definitely expressed interest and wanted him to come to those universities and colleges. Did he have formal offers? Yes, he did," she confirmed.
Sotto had "amazing relationships" with the coaches from those schools, and even made unofficial visits to Kentucky, Auburn, and Georgia Tech. He was rated as a four-star recruit, and the No. 4 overall player from Georgia for the Class of 2020.
Aside from playing Division 1 basketball, Sotto also had the option of playing in leagues abroad, said Scott.
"There were many options that he was able to look at and explore," she said.
At the end of the day, however, the 18-year-old Sotto feels that going to the G League is the best step for him to take as he continues to chase his dream of becoming the first homegrown Filipino to play in the NBA.
The G League had recently unveiled a professional pathway program, where top prospects play together in a select team while getting topnotch coaching both on and off the court.
Jalen Green, the top prospect of the Class of 2020 who is of Filipino descent, was the first player to declare that he will join the G League's program.
"I think the G League is the best path for me, because I'll be coached by NBA-caliber coaches," said Sotto. "The players there are really all talented. I just can't wait to go there and train and you know, compete."
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