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LOOK: 7-foot-2 center Kai Sotto LOVED his trip to Lexington

When high-level recruiting prospects take visits to schools across the country throughout the year, the success of said trips are usually made public by word of mouth.

Sometimes the prospects and/or those close to them talk to reporters or media outlets afterward. In other cases with high-profile prospects, you may be lucky to hear a single peep after visits and have to rely on behind-the-scenes reports from individuals close to the schools involved.

2020 four-star prospect and 7-foot-2 center Kai Sotto doesn’t fit any of the aforementioned descriptions or categories. He, on the other hand, wanted the entire world to know just how much he enjoyed his trip to Lexington on Monday.

Throughout the day, Sotto posted updates of the visit on his Twitter page, with the reviews growing more and more positive by the post.

He detailed what seemed to be every waking moment of his trip.

“Let the fun begin!” Sotto said upon arrival. “Legends begin their lives here!”

The caption was accompanied by an image – he wasn’t shy about them – being greeted by UK associate head coach Kenny Payne.

He followed it up with a tweet simply captioned “Actions speak louder than words,” adding several pictures of the UK facilities, including one with John Calipari shown at the top of this post.

Then, he posted a video of him looking through the Kentucky basketball touch display highlighting all of the program’s players in the NBA.

He followed it up with a few photos of the Kentucky training room, including John Calipari running on an elliptical.

“I respect a coach who works with his team off the court!” he said, tagging Coach Cal in the tweet and adding a simple “#BBN” hashtag.

(If you look closely enough, Calipari is watching Georgia Tech game film)

To close out the visit, Sotto wrote a final message on his Twitter page, saying UK set the bar high.

“The bar was set high,” the four-star center said. “Family first and always! Thank you [Kentucky basketball] and [John Calipari].”

Can’t ask for a better visit report than that.

As mentioned on the site this morning, ESPN has Sotto listed as a four-star, No. 76 overall prospect and No. 11 ranked center in the senior class. He is currently unranked in the 247Sports and Rivals rankings.

Outside of Kentucky, Sotto has interest from Auburn, USC, Georgia Tech, Nebraska, and DePaul, among others. He does not have any confirmed offers at this point in time.

Though limited athletically, the 7-foot-2 prospect has impressive tools on the offensive end of the floor highlighted by soft touch around the basket and a smooth jump shot extending out to the perimeter.

Sotto’s trainer provided KSR with the following scouting report on the four-star big man:

“Kai is a very skilled big man who can knock down the 3 at ease,” he said. “His touch and feel around the rim is tremendous for his age. His dad was one hell of a player in the Philippines and coached over there at the highest level. Kai’s IQ for the game is very high In our workouts Kai shot 50 % from 3 and even hit 30 or so in a row in our last workout. Great kid with a great head on his shoulders, even better kid off the court.”

Playing for the Philippines at the FIBA U19 World Cup this past summer – an event the UK coaching staff attended – Sotto averaged 11.7 points and 7.9 rebounds per contest. He also averaged 16.4 points and 10.6 rebounds at the U17 World Cup in 2018.

Sources tell KSR that Sotto has been training with Griffin Elite in Kentucky in recent months, making the UK connection an obvious one. There were some early rumblings that the four-star center could be a potential mid-year enrollee, though those close to both Sotto and the UK basketball program currently see him as a pure 2020 option at this point in time.

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

Follow me on Twitter: @JackPilgrimKSR

5 Comments for LOOK: 7-foot-2 center Kai Sotto LOVED his trip to Lexington



  1. nocode96
    10:36 pm December 9, 2019 Permalink

    Kid obviously is interested. I love the idea of bringing in young guys that want to be here. I know he’s only 4 star and people will hang on that, but you can’t teach size and after watching what highlights of him I could find, he’s not bad at all and has a far better than I expected long range shot. Nice article Jack.



    • kjd
      6:03 am December 10, 2019 Permalink

      Some offensive skill, “limited athletically”. Coach Cal doesn’t play zone so what happens on the defensive end?



  2. damage_control
    10:48 pm December 9, 2019 Permalink

    He sounds like a Star Wars character



  3. Tom Bombadil
    7:17 am December 10, 2019 Permalink

    ‘Mabuhay’ to Kentucky! GO CATS!!
    Sumama kana sa basketball sa Kentucky team!!



  4. CJKAssassin123
    10:40 am December 10, 2019 Permalink

    Even if he enrolled mid season he would have to sit out so it makes sense to recruit the kid for 2020