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Kai Sotto returning home for Fiba World U-19

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After spending some time away from home, teen hoop sensation Kai Sotto is set to return in Manila to join Gilas Pilipinas Youth for the 2019 FIBA Under-19 World Cup.

Sotto and his family left Atlanta, Georgia on Thursday evening and will arrive on Friday.

The young 7-foot-2 center from Ateneo will once again team up with 6-foot-10 AJ Edu, who just returned home from United Kingdom.

After a two-week training, the team leaves for Doha, Qatar on June 21 to play some tune-up games. From there, the young Filipinos travel to Greece for the June 29 to July 7 competition.

The team is bracketed in tough Group C where it plays the host country right away on opening day.

Gilas meets Argentina on June 30 and will cap its preliminary round schedule with a game against Russia on July 2.