KIEFER Ravena is finally bound for the big stage.
A two-time UAAP MVP and arguably the biggest star in amateur basketball today, Ravena announced on Monday that he will be joining the PBA rookie draft set late this month.
Ravena, son of former PBA player Bong Ravena, tweeted ‘Here We Go’ with the hashtag #PBADraft2017 to bare his intention of being part of the October 29 proceedings at the Robinsons Place Manila.
Ravena’s decision came a few hours after fellow amateur standout and Gilas teammate Jeron Teng notified the league of his intention to submit his draft application on Monday through his agent Danny Espiritu.
Ravena’s representative Marvin Espiritu said the Gilas player out of Ateneo consulted his family and friends before finally deciding to join the draft.
“Ultimately, it was a basketball decision for him at this point,” Espiritu stressed in a talk with SPIN.ph.
The presence of the two add luster to this year’s draft pool which already has the likes of Gilas stalwarts Christian Standhardinger and Raymar Jose, highly-touted Fil-Ams Davon Potts and Jason Perkins, and NCAA star Rey Nambatac.
Espiritu said he was set to meet with the 23-year-old Ravena late Monday to fill out the draft application which he intends to submit to the PBA office by Tuesday.
“Kung umabot today, ihahabol ko. If not, maybe tomorrow na,” said the young players’ agent. “But formality na lang yun. Kiefer told me earlier he’ll make his announcement on the draft through social media.”
Ravena will be flying out to Bacolod on Tuesday.
“Actually it was the consensus, especially sa family n’ya, that the right time to enter the PBA is now. But in the end, it’s Kiefer’s decision. Alam naman natin that he’s a smart man,” added Espiritu.
“Actually ang dami niyang options, including some international offers. But after weighing a lot of things, Kiefer knows it’s about time to finally play in the PBA.”