Basketball: What one NBA draft analyst thought about Kai Sotto

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Posted at Feb 20 2020 08:48 PM

Kai Sotto has a "versatile skill set" but the Filipino center is "inconsistent."

That's how NBA draft analyst Jonathan Givony described the 17-year-old 7-footer, after seeing Sotto participate in the Basketball Without Borders Global Camp over the weekend.

The camp, which invited 39 players from 27 countries, gives NBA team officials a glimpse of some youth prospects, and one of those players was Sotto.

Here is Givony's full review of Sotto, which was posted on ESPN.com.

"Likely the most-hyped prospect to ever come out of the Philippines, Sotto doesn't turn 18 until May but has been on the radar since the FIBA World Cup at the U17 and U19 levels in each of the past two summers. Sotto has generated some buzz in the U.S. after joining a prep school in Atlanta last year.

"His performance at the BWB camp was somewhat inconsistent, as he looked like one of the most talented prospects in attendance in the morning drills each day but struggled to make his presence felt in the games. Sotto has gotten into better shape since arriving to the U.S. and possesses a versatile skill set for a player his size: scoring in the post with either hand, handling the ball impressively, good court vision and range on a jump shot that extends beyond the 3-point line.

"Sotto didn't look ready for the level of physicality and intensity he encountered in the camp scrimmages, as he was scored on at will by stronger players, looked lethargic getting back on defense and settled for too many low-percentage shots. Sotto did show nice timing rotating for blocks thanks in part to his massive 9-foot-3 standing reach."

The Filipino prospect is listed no. 68 in the latest ESPN 100 rankings for the class of 2020.

Sotto, recently chosen as MVP in the King Invitational competition in Atlanta, has been training at The Skills Factory to pursue his NBA dreams.

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