Filipino basketball wunderkind Kai Sotto has announced that he has committed to join Atlanta-based organization The Skill Factory (TSF).
The UAAP Season 81 Junior's MVP made the announcement Saturday morning through his YouTube channel, where he also reiterated his availability for Gilas Pilipinas.
TSF, a sports skill and development organization founded in 2011, has trained Sotto since left the country in the middle of 2018.
Sotto also showed his growing repertoire in the almost two minute-long video, highlighted by his three-pointers, explosiveness around the rim, and ball-handling skills.
"I would like to thank all my fellow Filipinos and everybody who had been supporting me since Day 1," the 7'1 center said in the video.
TSF also welcomed Sotto through their social media account, which posted the same video in their IGTV.
TSF joins various tournaments across the United States, including Georgia's Elite 8 Classic, where they will square off against IMG Academy.
TSF has also been involved in training NBA players through its professional level programs, including NBA MVP James Harden, All-Stars John Wall and Kemba Walker, among others. The organization has also helped train the Dominican Republic national basketball team.
Sotto most recently saw action for Gilas Youth in the FIBA U19 World Cup, where he averaged 11.7 points and 7.9 rebounds and the team placed 14th.
As explained by his agent, East-West Private CEO Maria "Chao" Espaldon, Sotto chose TSF because he wants to be ingrained in the American brand of basketball.
"TSF is one of the best prep and pre draft programs in the country and they happen to be Atlanta-based where Kai's family is now based," Espaldon told ESPN5. "Our goal is to give Kai the experience of being able to play enough American Basketball to really develop his skills and confidence even more."
She also added that TSF has been closely operating with the Jr. NBA development program, which the 17-year-old had been participating in for several years. Another advantage for the beanpole is that he can play NBA Global Academy games, which is participated by various prospects from around the world.
Since his relocation to the United States, Sotto has participated in various one-on-one training sessions with former NBA player Chuck "Rifleman" Person for his individual skills.
Meanwhile, Paddy Hogben continues to handle his strength, conditioning, speed and agility training at P3 (Power Performance Project) Gym in the Emory Sports Medicine Complex, also in Atlanta.
"He already has had some of the most elite one on one training since April so we now want to get him to put all that into actual practice in games and start building his name here," mentioned Espaldon.
In his first game with TSF on Sunday, Sotto had 18 points and 12 rebounds in a 61-65 loss to IMG Academy.