Largely acknowledged as a pioneering determine for Filipinos plying their commerce in Japan, Thirdy Ravena stated he’s past grateful that he has opened doorways.
“I thought I was going to help one person out and it eventually led to this whole thing where people actually think about Japan [whenever they are] thinking about going pro,” he stated throughout a B.League Finals watch occasion held at Titan Fort in Bonifacio Global City on Saturday.
Ravena, a swingman out of the celebrated Ateneo Blue Eagles program, was the primary Filipino participant to be tapped as an import by a B.League membership below a landmark Asian Players Quota system two years in the past.
Since then, a bevy of younger, top-flight have adopted the identical path: Older brother and NLEX playmaker Kiefer, former TNT two-way star Ray Parks Jr., Gilas standout Dwight Ramos, UP stalwarts Kobe Paras, Javi and Juan Gomez de Liaño, and San Beda huge man Kemark Cariño.
“It’s an amazing feeling. Hopefully, there are more who could come up and experience what Japan is like. The courts, as well, are very beautiful, so I’m excited [about] the next generation,” stated the youthful Ravena.
Choice vacation spot
The wait, it appears, received’t should be that lengthy. Earlier this week, La Salle’s two-way star Justine Baltazar inked a cope with a Japanese crew. Ricci Rivero, who’s coming off a championship run with the Fighting Maroons, is reportedly contemplating a number of affords overseas, together with one that might additionally ship him to the Land of the Rising Sun.
Japan’s B.League has turn into a vacation spot for each abilities recent from the varsity stage and younger professionals due to the larger paydays there.
Ravena averaged 11.4 factors, 3.7 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.0 steals for San-en NeoPhoenix, lacking only a few video games this season, which was already an enormous enchancment from his first stint with the membership.
Even making issues higher, Ravena stated, is having all these fellow Filipinos round.
“[T]hat just motivates you to elevate your game and gets you a little bit more challenged especially when you’re playing against them,” he added.
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