Kai as a second-round NBA draft? And more

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HERE’S Tuesday’s top sports news.

May 3 sports news

Rajko Toroman on Kai Sotto

If Kai Sotto practiced delayed gratification, he could improve his NBA draft stock even further.

So much so that former Gilas Pilipinas coach Rajko Toroman believes the Filipino NBA aspirant could become a first-round pick if he plays in Australia’s National Basketball League for another year.

Otherwise, Sotto is still good enough to be a second-rounder this year, according to the Serbian coach.

“If he goes to the draft, he’ll be picked because of his size and skill in the second round, which is great,” Toroman said when appearing in the SPIN POV Podcast (Point of View) on YouTube and Facebook on Tuesday.

“But if he stays one more year, maybe there is a chance that someone selects him in the first round. It depends on him and his agent,” he added. “But Kai Sotto’s development is good. And I expect him to be able to join the NBA in one or two years, that’s for sure.”

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Marques Bolden is the new Indonesian naturalized player

Indonesia display a new naturalized player in their bid to give Gilas Pilipinas a hard time at the Southeast Asian Games in Vietnam.

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Indonesian coach Rajko Toroman has revealed his side are bringing in former Cleveland Cavaliers big man Marques Bolden in place of Lester Prosper in their bid for a medal this time around after failing in 2019 after losing to Vietnam in the bronze medal match.

Derrick Michael Xzavierro, an NBA Global Academy product who recently became the first Indonesian player to play in NCAA Division I with Grand Canyons. will also make its debut at the SEA Games.

“I don’t know if Brandon Jawato will play because of his injury but the Indonesian kid from the NBA Academy, he joined us a few days ago. We are now 6-10, 6-9 just to be a bit competitive with the size of all the other Asian teams. It makes us a bit more optimistic than before,” Toroman said.

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Rogen Ladon vs. Carlo Paalam

The Alliance of Boxing Alliances in the Philippines gives no special treatment to any of its quarters, as evidenced by Rogen Ladon’s pick over Carlo Paalam in the men’s flyweight division of the Southeast Asian Games in Vietnam.

Abap chairman Ed Picson explained that Ladon, who will defend his gold medal at the 2019 SEA Games, is simply a better candidate than the Tokyo Olympic silver medalist in Paalam – when it comes to their current physical condition.

“For example, Rogen Ladon is also a former Olympian even though hindi siya naka-medalya nung 2016. He has shown his courage and determination over the past few weeks and he has proven himself,” Picson told the Association from the Filipino sportswriters of Tuesday. Forum.

“So with the current state of Rogen Ladon and Carlo Paalam, the trainers felt that Ladon would be the best bet at this weight class at this stage,” he added.

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