Sotto draws praises from Suns coach

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PHOENIX Suns head coach Monty Williams has some good things to say about the game of Filipino basketball prodigy and NBA hopeful Kai Sotto, who signed with the Adelaide 36ers in Australia’s National Basketball League (NBL) last Thursday.

Kai Sotto PHOTO FROM
SOTTO’S INSTAGRAM

Analyzing video clips of Sotto’s stint in Basketball Without Borders last year, Williams explained the things that the 18-year-old Sotto did well on the court.

Williams first noted Sotto’s offensive game in the post where he said the 7’3” cager showed good court awareness and savvy.

“I like the fact that he not only spins away from the defense, but he can feel the defender’s body. Sometimes if you’re an offensive player and you can feel their body, you can use that to your advantage because a lot of defenders lean you,” Williams stated in the Republika Playback throwback post by the NBA Philippines’ Facebook page.

“He also can see the double team coming, and that’s something that not a lot of players [have], the awareness of the primary defender [and] also the awareness of the secondary defenders to get away from that aggression to get to an open spot. That’s savvy. That’s a lot of savvy for a young player.”

Williams, a former NBA player and the NBA’s Coach of the Bubble last year, also praised Sotto’s footwork and hesitation moves on the offensive end.

“Kai’s doing a great job with the defense, freezing the defense. He did a hesitation and pump fake to step through and create more space for him to shoot. A ball fake allows the defender to look back for a second,” Williams added.

“I like the footwork. It’s called ‘testing the water,’ and sometimes, you take those baby steps to see how your defender reacts,” said the 6’8” Williams, who used to play the small forward position.

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