Soto, a promising Filipino player, will perform on the Japanese stage. The destination is Hiroshima.
The Philippine local media ‘Tiebreaker Times’ reported on the 5th (Korean time), “Australia’s NBL Adelaide 36ers have agreed to the overseas expansion of Filipino giant Kai Soto (20, 218cm).” He added, “According to multiple sources closely monitoring the situation, Soto is heading to Hiroshima Dragonflies, one of the best teams in Japan’s B.League.”
Soto is a big prospect in the Philippines. He is a big man with mobility in a large market of 218 cm. He is equipped with his decent outside shot, and his potential has been recognized since childhood. Soto joined Ignite in the NBA G League in 2020, but could not play a single game due to the aftermath of Corona 19. Last year, he experienced the pain of being dropped in the NBA draft.
Soto, who turned to overseas leagues, signed a two-year contract with Adelaide in 2021 and started his professional career in Australia. He averaged 6.8 points and 4.5 rebounds in 12.9 minutes in 27 games this season. Adelaide finished in 8th place with a record of 13-15 and failed to qualify for the playoffs. 스포츠토토
Soto, who wanted to continue competing, headed to the Japanese B. League. The destination is Hiroshima Dragon Flys, where the Asia Quarter seat was vacant. Initially, Hiroshima recruited another Filipino prospect, Justin Baltazar, to the Asia Quarter ahead of this season, but terminated the contract under mutual agreement in December of last year.
Currently, Hiroshima is in second place in the B.League West Division with 27 wins and 9 losses. If Soto joins as they continue to cruise, it is expected that they will be able to build a stronger power in the remaining regular leagues and further in the playoffs.
Meanwhile, Soto and Hiroshima are known to have signed contracts for the remainder of the season. Soto, whose two-year contract with Adelaide has expired, is expected to return to Australia after his B.League schedule ends, or to try out for other leagues.