Top amateur standout Kiefer Ravena got the chance to test his readiness for the pro after Gilas played 3 tuneup games with PBA teams the past 4 days.
The national side, which is gearing up for the William Jones Cup scheduled to start next week, went on to post a 3-0 record after victories over NLEX, Blackwater and Alaska, respectively.
Ravena showed maturity in those contests, making the crucial assist that led to Christian Standhardinger’s game-winning shot against NLEX on Wednesday, before the Ateneo star knocked down what proved to be the game-winning 3 against Alaska 3 days later.
“Being in this kind of competition, it’s for me personally to see where I am, to see what to improve on, and it helps me in making a decision for the (PBA) Draft,” admitted Ravena after his clutch three enabled the national team to escape a 120-117 victory over Alaska.
With his cerebral approach to the game, pundits have no doubt that the former UAAP MVP could be in the top 3 in this year’s rookie draft, that is, if he declares his eligibility.
He would have been a top 3 pick in the 2016 edition if he opted to turn pro. Instead, he tried his luck in the United States after being invited as a developmental player for the NBA D-League squad Texas Legends.
Ravena’s NBA dreams though have been shelved for now, while the six-foot guard at this point, remains undecided as his focus is primed for a very busy Gilas schedule.
“It’s nice to be part of close games to see and to test who we are, and kung nasaan pa yung mga pwede pa namin iimprove,” he assessed.
“At least yung progression ng game namin, dahan-dahan — from a terrible first game, to a better second game, and ngayon, after a tough Alaska team, kahit papaano, we were able to grind one out.”
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