Kai Sotto to play in Australia's NBL

Luisa Morales - Philstar.com
Kai Sotto to play in Australia's NBL
Kai Sotto

MANILA, Philippines (Updated 12:52 p.m.) — Kai Sotto is heading to Australia to continue his pursuit of the NBA.

First reported by Shams Charania of The Athletic, Sotto will be playing for the Adelaide 36ers in the National Basketball League (NBL).

Sotto is signing a multi-year deal with the club following his exit from the NBA G League program.

The 36ers already welcomed Sotto in an announcement on their official Twitter account.

The 36ers are one of the oldest teams in the NBL, having been part of the league since 1982 — three years after the NBL's establishment.

They are four-time NBL champions, but are currently on a 19-year title drought with their last championship run happening in 2002.

A number of former and current NBA players have had stints in the Australian hoops league. Most recently, 2020 NBA Draft No. 3 pick LaMelo Ball saw action with the Illawarra Hawks before he declared for the draft.

Other notable players from NBL include NBA champion Andrew Bogut, who played two seasons for the Sydney Kings.

Sotto will be under the tutelage of former 2014 NBA D League Coach of the Year Conner Henry.

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