While former Ateneo star Kiefer Ravena is a potential top 3 pick in this year’s PBA Rookie Draft, his father, Tropang TNT assistant coach Bong Ravena is convinced that his son will have to ask himself if he’s indeed, ready to make the jump to the pros.
The 45-year-old Ravena said playing in the PBA is a completely different league altogether since professional players are bigger and their skills polished compared to the UAAP.
“Iba ang PBA eh, mabigat ang talent, mas mature ang mga players saka mas malalakas kaya di puwedeng basta sasabak ka lang dun,” the elder Ravena said when reached by FOX Sports on Monday.
Ravena, the 1992 PBA Rookie of the Year, felt his son still needs further training before joining Asia’s first professional basketball league.
“Kailangan niya pa magpahinog at mag-training. Kumbaga, marami pang bigas na kakainin kasi physically mentally and physically kailangan maging ready siya,” stressed Ravena, who won 4 PBA titles as a player in the 1990s.
But the younger Ravena has another possible landing spot, the national team especially since Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas officials already mentioned that they are working on reviving the Gilas cadet program.
While SBP officials are still mum on the composition of the Gilas cadet, the 22-year-old Ravena is said to be in the national governing body’s wish list.
To which, the elder Ravena has a ready answer.
“National team naman iyan, so no question about that. Pero ang programa eh di naman yearly iyan, I think mga 3 years iyan so kailangan talaga naming pag-usapan iyan as a family so we could help him decide,” said Ravena, selected no. 1 in the 1992 PBA Draft.
The Ateneo sweet-shooting guard actually ended his collegiate career with 2 UAAP men’s basketball titles, which he won in 2011 and 2012.
He also capped it by winning back-to-back UAAP MVPs, along with a spot in the Mythical 1st team in 2011, 2014 and 2015).
Kiefer Ravena also won 3 gold medals in the last 3 Southeast Asian Games men’s basketball championships (2011, 2013 and 2015).
The cat-quick Ravena also earned a spot in the 2010 Fiba Asia Under-18 championships after helping the Philippines to a finish 5th place finish. – By Richard Dy
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