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Filipino basketball prodigy Kai Sotto declared himself available for Gilas Pilipinas, marking his debut for the men’s national basketball team since his Gilas Youth days.

Sotto made the announcement in a short video during the FIBA Smart Global Press Conference Thursday.

“I will be joining the national team,” said Sotto, who’s been training with Team Ignite in the NBA G League. “I am excited. I hope we bring our best. Sobrang special nito para sa ating lahat.”

The development will serve as huge boost for the Philippines as it opened the possibility of Sotto playing in Window 3 of the 2021 FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers in February next year and in different qualifying tournaments leading to the 2023 FIBA World Cup.

Source: Manila Bulletin (