Now that he’s 18, Kai Sotto has decided to forego college to sign with the NBA G-League, according to a report by The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

The 7-foot-2 center will join Fil-Am and potential No. 1 pick Jalen Green, who has headlined the start of the G-League’s professional pathway program that will enable high school prospects to skip college and play professionally, with benefits such as salary, endorsements, education and media appearances.

Sotto was a former UAAP Juniors Most Valuable Player. He moved to the United States to fulfill his dream of making it into the NBA.

He has since played for Atlanta, Georgia-based basketball outfit The Skill Factory, and has caught eyes of Division I schools Auburn, DePaul and Georgia Tech.

Sotto will join five-star recruits Green, Isaiah Todd and Daishen Nix who had previously declared that they would forego college and signed with the G-League’s one-year program.

Sotto could become the first Filipino to get drafted in the NBA, once he becomes eligible to declare for the draft in 2021. John Ezekiel J. Hirro

Source of preview image: Kai Sotto official Facebook page