- Kai Sotto, the 7-foot-2-inch Philippine-born center, was not selected in the 2022 NBA Rookie Draft on Thursday.
- Although Sotto was left undrafted, many Filipinos continued to rally their support for him, landing “Kai Sotto” and “Undrafted” on the top trends on Twitter.
- Sotto may still get an invite for the 2022 NBA Summer League that is slated to start on July 7.
- Creole-Vietnamese American player Johnny Juzang also was not drafted; however, the UCLA basketball guard has agreed to a two-way contract with the Utah Jazz.
- Jaylin Williams, who is of Vietnamese descent, was drafted by the Oklahoma City Thunder. He made history by becoming the first Razorback the Thunder have selected in the NBA Draft.
Filipino basketball player Kai Sotto was undrafted in the 2022 NBA Draft, temporarily delaying his dream of becoming the first-ever Philippine-born player in the NBA.
The 20-year-old was not selected in the 2022 NBA Rookie Draft that took place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, on Thursday.
Born and raised in Japan to a Beninese father and a Japanese mother, Rui Hachimura knows what it feels like to have the spotlight on him.
In a country as ethnically homogenous as Japan, a “hafu” (or biracial person) like Hachimura stood out like a sore thumb growing up. Throw in his generational basketball talent and Hachimura became instantly recognizable everywhere he went, for better or for worse. By his senior year of high school, he was regularly receiving autograph requests from fans, but also racially-charged adversity from opposing crowds around the country.