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 assumed I used to be going to assist one particular person out and it will definitely led to this entire factor the place folks really take into consideration Japan [whenever they are] desirous about going professional,” he stated throughout a B.League Finals watch get together held at Titan Fort in Bonifacio International Metropolis 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 underneath a landmark Asian Gamers 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 a tremendous feeling. Hopefully, there are extra who might come up and expertise what Japan is like. The courts, as nicely, are very stunning, so I’m excited [about] the following era,” stated the youthful Ravena.
Alternative vacation spot
The wait, it appears, gained’t should be that lengthy. Earlier this week, La Salle’s two-way star Justine Baltazar inked a take care of a Japanese group. Ricci Rivero, who’s coming off a championship run with the Combating Maroons, is reportedly contemplating a number of provides overseas, together with one that might additionally ship him to the Land of the Rising Solar.
Japan’s B.League has turn into a vacation spot for each skills contemporary from the varsity degree 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 just some video games this season, which was already an unlimited enchancment from his first stint with the membership.
Even making issues higher, Ravena stated, is having all these fellow Filipinos round.
“[T]hat simply motivates you to raise your recreation and will get you slightly bit extra challenged particularly if you’re enjoying in opposition to them,” he added.
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