MANILA, Philippines — Kai Sotto was not chosen within the 2022 NBA Rookie Draft on Friday (Manila time) at Barclays Middle in Brooklyn, New York.
No NBA staff took an opportunity on drafting the 7-foot-3 middle as his identify was not referred to as by Commissioner Adam Silver and his deputy, Mark Tatum, after 58 picks.
Sotto, who hoped to change into the primary Filipino homegrown expertise to be drafted within the NBA, is mechanically an unrestricted free agent.
Regardless of being undrafted, the 20-year-old nonetheless has an opportunity to chase his final dream if he will get a possibility to play within the NBA Summer time League in July, the place he can impress the coaches and scouts.
The previous Ateneo highschool star attended a dozen of pre-draft exercises with the New York Knicks, Orlando Magic, Los Angeles Clippers, Chicago Bulls, Sacramento Kings, and Indiana Pacers.
Sotto had a powerful stint with the Adelaide 36ers in Australia’s Nationwide Basketball League stint, the place he averaged 7.6 factors on 51 % discipline objectives together with a 39-percent taking pictures from deep, and had 4.5 rebounds and 0.7 blocks in 15.2 minutes in 23 video games.
Paolo Banchero was the No.1 total decide, becoming a member of the Orlando Magic. Oklahoma Metropolis chosen Chet Holmgren because the second total decide, whereas the Houston Rockets drafted Jabari Smith Jr.
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