Kai Sotto went undrafted in the 2022 NBA Draft

Out of 58 players drafted in the 2022 NBA Draft, none of them is Kai Sotto who brought hope to the basketball-crazy nation Philippines by having the first Philippine-born NBA player. What will be his next step to reach the dream to play in the NBA?

2022 NBA Draft

Kai Sotto with Adelaide 36ers | NBL Australia

Kai Sotto in the NBA Draft. Kai Sotto went undrafted in this year’s NBA Draft. “I can’t really explain the feeling but it’s not a good feeling obviously,” said the 20-year-old prospect. Despite the disappointment, he believes God has a better plan for him and that the recent event won’t stop him.

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Jeremy Lin to Kai Sotto: Draft Night is just one snapshot in a very long film. Taiwanese-American and Harvard alumnus Jeremy Lin offered valuable advice to Kai Sotto. He went undrafted, too, but went to have a “Linsanity” moment a decade ago. “Maybe I’m biased, but I just don’t feel like the draft night is that, like, because there are so many people that get drafted and fall off, and there are so many people that go undrafted and go in,” he said. “I would also say, ‘Hey it’s okay because you know who you are as a player and maybe if you just continue to show them over time, you will find a home and that’s the biggest thing’,” then he added, “I just hope that he continues to believe in himself, stay confident, keep working hard, and just trust that as long I stay consistent, I will find a home.”

Remy Martin did not make the cut. Filipino-American Remy Martin who led Kansas to the 2022 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship went undrafted. The 6-foot guard, who holds a Philippine passport, was hailed as the most outstanding player of the Midwest Regional.

Americans with Filipino heritage. Boogie Ellis of the University of Southern California went undrafted, while Ron Harper Jr of Rutgers received a two-way contract with Toronto Raptors after not being called up on the draft night.

Philippine Basketball Association

Ginebra iced Fajardo. Barangay Ginebra escaped with a 75-72 victory against San Miguel Beer to improve to a 4-1 win-loss record. Christian Standhardinger finished with a game-high 20 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists, and 4 steals while Japeth Aguilar and Scottie Thompson scored 15 apiece for the Kings. Beermen’s June Mar Fajardo was limited to 6 points and 17 rebounds.

SMB bounced back to join Ginebra at the top. San Miguel Beer bounced back by dominating Converge, 111-92, Beermen improved to a 4-1 record and joined Barangay Ginebra at the top of the standings. Jericho Cruz had 22 points and 6 assists while big men Mo Tautuaa and June Mar Fajardo added 19 and 18 respectively.

Williams lifted TNT over Phoenix. Mikey Williams scored 27 to lead TNT against Phoenix Super LPG, 87-72. Tropang Giga improved to a 5-2 record.

Blackwater demolished Terrafirma. Blackwater kept Terrafirma winless, 107-70. Six Bossing players scored in double-digits.

Purefoods ruled the Leg 6 of the PBA 3×3 3rd Conference. Joseph Eriobu exploded for 11 points to lead the Purefoods TJ Titans to a 20-16 triumph against TNT in the final of Leg 6 of the PBA 3×3 3rd Conference.


Gilas Men will only have 11 players during the third window of 2023 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers. The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas announced that only 11 players will play in the upcoming 2023 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers window. In the roster are the 10 players that went up against South Korea in two-game friendlies last week and Dave Ildefonso. Ange Kouame has been ruled out due to a partial ACL tear. The Philippine men’s basketball team has a 1-1 win-loss standing in Group C and will face New Zealand (3-0) in Auckland on June 30th before hosting India (0-3). All three teams are already assured of a spot in the next round after South Korea’s disqualification.

Gilas Men roster in the third window of 2023 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers

  • Rhenz Abando
  • RJ Abarrientos
  • SJ Belangel
  • Geo Chiu
  • Dave Ildefonso
  • Lebron Lopez
  • William Navarro
  • Kevin Quiambao
  • Dwight Ramos
  • Kiefer Ravena
  • Carl Tamayo

Gilas Women’s Under-16 advanced to the semifinals. Clovis East High School standout Gabby Ramos tallied 27 points, 20 rebounds, 4 assists, 4 blocks, and 2 steals while only playing for 25 minutes in her national team debut. The Philippine women’s basketball team opened their 2022 FIBA Women’s Under-16 Asian Championship – Division B campaign with a 104-68 win against Indonesia. In the next two games, Kristan Yumul led the Gilas Women to a 92-86 victory against Syria and a 94-65 domination over Samoa. She scored 33, made 9 three-pointers against the Syrians, then finished with 22 points on 5 treys against the Samoans.

Rivero turned pro. Ricci Rivero signed with P.League team Taoyuan Pilots as the first Filipino to play as a world import in Taiwan. The 24-year-old highflyer averaged 13.5 points per game for the University of the Philippines during his final year.