In what might come as an expected move to many, Filipino standout Kai Sotto has confirmed the decision to go overseas in hopes of achieving his dream of one day making it into the NBA.

The 7-foot-2 phenom is highly touted as the future of Philippine basketball, and even though that might be putting an unfair amount of pressure on a teenager, Sotto embraces the adversity that comes with opportunity.

Reported to be recruited by European clubs Real Madrid Baloncesto, FC Barcelona Basquet, and Saski Baskonia of Spain, and Alba Berlin of Germany, the 16-year-old Sotto will be leaving soon after completing his secondary education at Ateneo De Manila University, where he also dominated the high school hoops scene.

“I’ll be leaving soon to start training full-time. I want to devote the next two to three years to single-mindedly focus on my goal of joining the NBA by 2021 or 2022,” wrote Sotto on a social media post addressing his supporters.

From Kai Sotto’s Official Instagram Account (@kzsotto)

“I thought about it thoroughly,” the continued the post in a mix of Filipino ang English. “I will train very hard and sacrifice and focus in the next few years so that one day soon, you will be proud of me. I will do everything in my ability, with the guidance of my dad and mom, to be the very best that I can be. This is for my future, for my family, and especially for Batang Gilas, Gilas Pilipinas, and most of all, for the country!”

Sotto, who represented the Philippines at the FIBA U17 World Cup in Argentina, and at the FIBA U18 Asian Championship in Thailand last year, concluded the message thanking his alma mater and benefactors, while asking everyone to support and pray for him in his journey onward.

The family is expected to announce their choice among the four European basketball club teams tomorrow.

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