Two-time UAAP MVP Kiefer Ravena gets a first clear shot at fulfilling his NBA dream when he tries out with the Dallas Mavericks and its D-League affiliate, the Texas Legends, this weekend, a source told FOX Sports.
Ravena will fly in to Dallas on Friday (Manila time) and will get a chance to showcase his wares before the one-time NBA champion Mavericks.
If the Gilas Cadets guard impresses the Mavericks’ brass during the workout, he could earn a training camp invite before Dallas begins its preseason preparations on September 27.
Playing for the Legends is also a possibility, according to the source.
In his last 2 years in the UAAP, the wily 6-foot guard averaged 20.1 points, 6.0 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 1.4 steals in leading Ateneo to back-to-back Final Four appearances.
In an Instagram post on Thursday morning, Ravena posted a conversation between him and Legends president Malcolm Farmer.
“Sweat equity is the most valuable equity there is. Know your business and industry better than anyone else in the world. Love what you do or don’t do it. “-Mark Cuban I have put in years of sweat equity into my business of basketball. I’ve not just followed by dream for myself but for my family and the people of my country. I ask each of you for your prayers an thoughts over the next several days as I journey to Dallas to take the next step in OUR DREAM. Malcolm Farmer, Donnie Nelson, and Mark Cuban I look forward to the challenge that lies ahead and I will prove to you that I deserve to be there. I can’t thank my team enough for believing in me and never loosing focus. @texaslegends @dallasmavs @yldchldparin #MalcolmFarmer #donnienelson #ChrisFarr . . . . . . #KiefTrying
Ravena’s Gilas Pilipinas teammate Ray Parks also suited up for the Legends in 2015, averaging 4.6 points, 1.9 rebounds and 0.8 assists in 32 games. — By Josiah Albelda