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Filipino center Kai Sotto of the NBL to declare for 2022 NBA draft

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Kai Sotto, a 7-foot-2 center from the Adelaide 36ers in the National Basketball League, announced on Thursday he will declare for the 2022 NBA draft.

Sotto, a former four-star prospect from the Philippines, averaged 7.5 points and 4.5 rebounds on 50% shooting from the field in 23 games with the 36ers. He produced perhaps his best game of the season on April 10 after recording a career-high 21 points.

He previously signed with the NBA G League Ignite for the 2020-21 season but never suited up due to prior obligations with the Philippines national team. He was the first international player to sign a contract with the G League.

Sotto is not projected to be selected by most mock drafts, but he will have the opportunity to improve his positioning in private workouts with teams. He could also be a candidate to participate in the draft combine next month.

The NBA draft will take place on June 23.

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