Kai Sotto still thankful for Ignite as he learned how to be a pro as a teen

Kai Sotto still thankful for Ignite as he learned how to be a pro as a teen
(SPIN.ph) PLANS may not have panned out the way he wanted to, but Kai Sotto remains eternally grateful for the brief run he had with NBA G League Ignite.

The 7-foot-3 center admitted that he has learned a lot in his time with the select team despite being unable to join the squad in the NBA G League bubble in Orlando.

“My biggest takeaway is just to learn the environment of being a professional at a young age,” he said on Wednesday in a roundtable discussion hosted by Smart.

“As expected, nung simula, di ko inexpect na ganung karami yung matututunan ko. Di lang sa loob ng basketball court, pero mas marami akong natutunan outside the court. Wala akong specfic answer, pero marami talaga akong natutunan. Ang pinakamalaki kong natutunan ay pagiging pro at a young age.”

Sotto linked up with the groundbreaking program last year as its first international signing, where he rubbed elbows with top high school prospects led by Jalen Green and Jonathan Kuminga.

The young bloods were able to train for a number of months and got a huge veteran presence with the arrival of head coach Brian Shaw and 14-year NBA veteran Amir Johnson.

Unfortunately, Sotto’s decision to honor his national commitment cut his run with Ignite short as he chose to head back to the Philippines in February, the same time when the team was entering the bubble.

The two parties eventually decided to mutually part ways in March, even before the Filipino prodigy could log a single second in the developmental league… Read More