Kai Sotto - the 7-foot-3, 18-year-old basketball phenom who is on a path to becoming the first native born son of the Philippines to play in the NBA - has announced that his Kaiju Academy will be housed at Spooky Nook, the 1.3 million-square-foot sports facility under construction in a former Champion paper mill in Hamilton, Ohio. It is slated to open in late 2021.
"It is a dream come true to mentor young athletes globally," said Sotto, currently a member of the NBA G League Team Ignite. "Kaiju is the Japanese term for monster, beast, strange creature, and it perfectly captures the ideal basketball competitor that I aim to be. Basketball isn’t easy and sometimes, it will knock you down more than it builds you up. I wanted my brand and my Academy to be about resilience.”