Kai’s great po­ten­tial

Sun.Star Pampanga - - BUSINESS! -

PEO­PLE with am­bi­tions must be sup­ported to the hilt.

Let’s then throw our full sup­port be­hind Kai Sotto who, at 7-foot-2, is our own ver­sion of Man Moun­tain.

He will fly shortly to At­lanta, Ge­or­gia, USA, to hone his bas­ket­ball skills as well as tighten his ath­leti­cism for two months.

His height is a builtin plus, a gift that can only come from God.

A t barely 15 years of age, Kai has already be­come a mil­lion­aire, ink­ing a three-year, mil­lion-peso en­dorse­ment con­tract with Chooks-To-Go, the new “chicken on the block.”

More bless­ings could come Kai’s way. No sur­prise there.Through Kai, our bas­ket­ball success on the world stage is now very much alive.

Ab­so­lutely, his ceil­ing can do wonders in a sport where, yes, height is might.

And will Kai fi­nally be­come the first Filipino to fi­nally set foot on America’s Na­tional Bas­ket­ball As­so­ci­a­tion (NBA)?

His height might even make Kai conquer the world, so to speak.

The beauty with Kai is he is only 16 years old. That means, he can, will, still grow.

As science, if not na­ture, has told us re­peat­edly:We don’t stop grow­ing un­til age 20, 21. Some even stop grow­ing at 24.

If true, then Kai has four, five, years to reach 7-foot-5.

Even 7-foot-6 maybe? Most peo­ple grow­ing as tall as Kai are usu­ally con­sid­ered a freak of na­ture— es­pe­cially in the Philip­pine set­ting where the av­er­age height is 5-foot-6. Not Kai, I be­lieve.

Look, his genes got him this tall as his parents are also ex­traor­di­nar­ily tall.

His fa­ther, Ervin, is 6-foot-7 and once played cen­ter in the Philip­pine Bas­ket­ball As­so­ci­a­tion (PBA).

Kai’s mom is 5-foot-10. Not sur­pris­ing as, un­known to many, his mom’s roots are Cau­casi an.

“Kai’s mom is of Amer­i­can descent,” said Ar­ben San­tos, an ar­dent Kai sup­porter since Kai’s Ate­neo Ju­nior Ea­gle days.

“That says a lot about Kai’s height.” At least four Euro­pean teams have ex­pressed in­ter­est in re­cruit­ing Kai.

If ever he gets to sign up for an over­seas stint, the kid is not to­tally aban­don­ing us. In fact, he will play for the coun­try in the Fiba Un­der-19 World Cup in Greece on June 29July 7.

Here’s look­ing at you, kiddo.

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