Thirdy Ravena has agreed to a one-season contract with the San-En NeoPhoenix in Japan’s B.League in a deal which made the three-time UAAP Finals MVP the very first Filipino to sign-up as an import in the country’s premier basketball league.
The Asian Player Quota, which was introduced by the fledging league only last November, is defined as “a new competition system to enhance competitive abilities by matching with various Asian players in daily games and to expand business in the Asian market.” It will be in effect for the very first time this upcoming season which is scheduled to start on October.
The 23-year old Ravena thus became the system’s first signee with other Filipino ballers expected to follow suit.
With the league’s decision to open its doors to other Asian countries, players from China, Korea, Thailand, Indonesia, Taiwan and the Philippines will likely be recruited by participating teams in order to strengthen their respective campaigns.
Asian imports like Ravena are considered as locals and will have no playing restrictions.
On the other hand, teams are allowed to have three World Imports but only two can play simultaneously.
San-En has enlisted Serbian forward Stevan Jelovac as one of their World Imports.