The Kentucky Wildcats said they weren’t done with their 2020 recruiting class, and their next signing could come out of left field.
That said, 247 Sports’ Evan Daniels can confirm that international recruit Kai Sotto is visiting Lexington today. The 7-foot-1 center is in the class of 2020 and has interest from Auburn and USC as well.
Soto is already in Lexington and tweeting about his visit:
Let the fun begin! Legends begin their lives here! pic.twitter.com/P73tIeoe7O— Kai Sotto (@kzsottolive) December 9, 2019
Actions speak louder than words pic.twitter.com/1EzpvC1UiZ— Kai Sotto (@kzsottolive) December 9, 2019
Daniels gave some insight into Sotto’s skill set and how it may translate to the next level.
“On the court, Sotto is a unique and gifted offensive prospect with NBA potential. At 7-foot-1, Sotto has impressive hands and touch, and is equipped to score on the block, attacking out the high post or with his jump shot. Sotto had a strong showing at the National Prep Showcase three weeks ago.“
While there isn’t much documented on Sotto’s development, he has moved from his home in the Philippines to the States.
He’ll be enrolled at The Skill Factory in Atlanta, Georgia. Joe Johnson, Kemba Walker, John Wall, James Harden are just a few of the numerous well-known names that have trained at The Skill Factory.
Sotto clearly isn’t a highly sought after prospect, but he does have all the makings of the next international star. He has hands, touch, size and has shown that he can play with people in his class.
His presence could be huge for Kentucky. They have zero commits that are over 6-foot-9. While they do have four five-star recruits, the size just isn’t there. With the possible exodus of EJ Montgomery and Nick Richards after this season, Kentucky’s center position might be open.
Saying all of this, it is a bit odd that this visit is coming in the second week of December when there’s not much going on in Lexington. Might he be a mid-year enrollee candidate?
Kentucky certainly needs more bodies, but for now, it sounds like Soto and Kentucky are planning on him being a true 2020 recruit, according to KSR’s Jack Pilgrim, who adds that Soto has been training in Kentucky.
Sources tell KSR that Sotto has been training with Griffin Elite in Kentucky in recent months, making the UK connection an obvious one. There were some early rumblings that the four-star center could be a potential mid-year enrollee, though those close to both Sotto and the UK basketball program currently see him as a pure 2020 option at this point in time.
Check out some highlights of Soto in action: