Sotto — a 7-foot-2 center — is already a major star in his home country and came to the United States last year, joining The Skill Factory (Ga.) to further his game with the intent of eventually getting to the NBA. When he arrived in the United States, a college career seemed unlikely, but Sotto’s continued flirtations with college programs give the impression that he’s seriously considering such a move for next season.
The same week as his Kentucky visit, Sotto took a tour of nearby Georgia Tech’s campus and also hosted DePaul’s coaches for an in-home recruiting visit. On Tuesday, he made a trip to Auburn, which is thought to be a major player in his recruitment should Sotto actually play college ball.
Former Auburn assistant coach Chuck Person is one of Sotto’s trainers, and the Filipino prospect chronicled his trip to Auburn on Tuesday with a series of social media posts, including one tweet that shows Tigers Coach Bruce Pearl giving a Power Point-like presentation entitled, “Why should you come to Auburn?”
There has been no confirmation of a Kentucky scholarship offer yet for Sotto, who could still decide to head straight to the pros after this season. He’s not currently projected as an NBA Draft pick, but he has already received offers to play for major club teams in Europe.
Rivals.com and 247Sports have yet to give Sotto a numerical ranking in the 2020 class, though Rivals.com analyst Corey Evans told the Herald-Leader recently that he’d be a Top 100 player in the next update. “I would say he’s definitely top 50-60, at least, with even more room for growth and better upside,” Evans said.
Kentucky has just two frontcourt commitments for next season — Isaiah Jackson and Lance Ware, who are both 6-9 forwards — and the Wildcats still have scholarship offers out to uncommitted post players Greg Brown and Cliff Omoruyi.