What are Kai Sotto's next options after being left out in the 2022 NBA Draft?

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(CNN Philippines, June 24) — Kai Sotto's NBA hopes remain a dream after not being selected in the 2022 NBA Draft.

Sotto's name was not among those called when 58 players were picked during the annual rookie selection event, a disappointment for the 7-foot-3 cager who represented the Philippines' best chance to make it to basketball's biggest stage

The 20-year-old spent the past year in Australia playing for the Adelaide 36ers in the National Basketball League.

Sotto had pre-draft workouts with several NBA teams like the Orlando Magic, Atlanta Hawks, Sacramento Kings, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Indiana Pacers. In the process, he dealt with a sprained ankle that temporarily hampered his goal to impress coaches and scouts as he was not included in the Draft Combine.

There are a number of options for Sotto as he moves forward in his young hoops journey.

As an unrestricted free agent, he can play in the NBA G League where multiple teams have affiliate squads in the NBA itself. This will keep him on the radar of NBA teams and could help him land a two-way contract or get call-ups.

The Golden State Warriors, the 2022 NBA champions, have multiple players who are NBA G League alumni such as Jordan Poole, Gary Payton II, James Wiseman, Jonathan Kuminga, Juan Toscano-Anderson, and Moses Moody.

Sotto could also return for another year and sign with the Adelaide 36ers or get offers from NBL teams. The Australian basketball league has been able to send players to the NBA over the years like LaMelo Ball, Josh Giddey, Patty Mills, and Joe Ingles.

With plenty of time to improve, Sotto could play in Europe where he can be a more all-around player and polish his skills.

Being undrafted in the NBA is not the end of the road for Sotto, but an opportunity to explore other venues to improve his craft.