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Kai Sotto bids Ateneo goodbye to chase NBA dream

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By Miles Morales

With his NBA dream in mind, teenage hoop sensation Kai Sotto decided to part ways with the Ateneo Blue Eaglets to travel abroad and further hone his skills.

The 7-foot-2 center took to Instagram on Monday to announce his much-awaited decision.

“I’ll be leaving soon to start training full-time,” Sotto wrote. “I want to devote the next 2 to 3 years to single-mindedly focus on my goal of joining the NBA by 2021 or 2022.”

The lanky center has been a dominant force in the local high school basketball scene this past year, winning the UAAP Season 81 Juniors MVP award and leading the Blue Eaglets to a runner-up finish in his third year.

The16-year-old has attracted interest from several European teams.

Among the reported squads which have tendered their offers to Sotto are EuroLeague’s Real Madrid, FC Barcelona and Baskonia, Bundesliga’s Alda Berlin and Liga ACB’s Movistar Estudiantes.

Sotto, though, did not reveal where he is headed but said he believes that leaving the Philippines will benefit his pursuit of the NBA.

“Para po ito sa future ko, ng pamilya ko, at especially po, para sa Batang Gilas, Gilas Pilipinas at higit sa lahat, para sa bayan.”