Kai Sotto meets former NBA star Tracy McGrady

Published December 30, 2020, 7:04 PM

by Jeremiah Sevilla

Kai Sotto
Filipino basketball prodigy Kai Sotto (FIBA Images)

Filipino basketball sensation Kai Sotto and the other basketball prospects under the East West Private agency were able to pick up valuable lessons from former NBA star Tracy McGrady on Tuesday (Wednesday morning in Manila). 

McGrady, one of the most deadly scorers the American league has seen, paid the young EWP cagers a visit at the Angels Basketball Club in Cincinnati, Ohio. 

“There are never enough hours in a day to be blessed and grateful for the priceless gifts of someone’s time and knowledge of the game and the industry,” the EWP said in a caption on an Instagram photo showing McGrady talking with the four players. 

“But even more important was the discussion around the game of life,” it added. 

Sotto was joined by Cholo Anonuevo, Sage Tolentino and the agency’s newest recruit EJ Kapihe in the session. 

McGrady, fondly called T-Mac, was one of the few players who entered the NBA straight out of high school and got drafted as the ninth overall pick in 1997. He played in the league for 16 seasons and earned multiple accolades. 

The Bartow, Florida native was a seven-time All-Star, two-time scoring champion, Most Improved Player in 2001 and was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2017. 

Since his retirement, McGrady has been working as an analyst for ESPN. 

It was a remarkable session for Sotto, Anonuevo, Tolentino and Kapihe who are all chasing their basketball dreams overseas. 

Sotto is part of Team Ignite which is set to play in the NBA G-League while Tolentino is an Auburn commit and Anonuevo has an offer from Tennessee State. Kapihe is a 16-year-old, 6-foot-5 Fil-Am prospect who played for Kamehameha Schools in Hawaii.