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International basketball star Kai Sotto visiting Kentucky today

Photo: FIBA

Photo: FIBA

Kentucky is currently hosting 7-foot-2 international star Kai Sotto on an unofficial visit.

Evan Daniels of 247Sports was the first to break the news.

Sotto, who moved from the Philippines to the United States earlier this year, is currently enrolled at The Skill Factory in Atlanta, GA as a 2020 prospect.

He arrived on campus this morning, with Kenny Payne serving as his visit host:

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.

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.

Here are some of his most recent highlights, including an 18-point, 12-rebound performance against IMG Academy this year:


Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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6 Comments for International basketball star Kai Sotto visiting Kentucky today

  1. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
    10:49 am December 9, 2019 Permalink

    Nooooooo, Sotto was the name of the bad guy in “Karate Kid 2”! Haha. Nah, if he can play, come on down young man!

  2. CJKAssassin123
    10:58 am December 9, 2019 Permalink

    Would of been nice to have that size on this year’s squad

  3. Heavy C
    11:05 am December 9, 2019 Permalink

    He’s 7′ 1″ and the “71st” prospect?

  4. Han
    11:38 am December 9, 2019 Permalink

    Is this the rumored possible addition that RR had two separate threads attacking Matt over?

  5. Bobbum Man
    12:12 pm December 9, 2019 Permalink

    Hmmm 7’2 but he doesn’t look taller than Payne or the other guy in the pic… maybe just the angle

  6. kjd
    12:20 pm December 9, 2019 Permalink

    7’2″ 4star but has no offers.