Kiefer Ravena is headed to Japan after the 27-year old NLEX Road Warriors guard signed a contract with the B.League’s Shiga Lakestars for the 2021-22 season.
The team and the league announced the signing of Ravena on their respective social media accounts on Wednesday.
【#15 Kiefer Ravena 選手契約（新規）締結】
— 滋賀レイクス SHIGA LAKES🏀 (@shigalakestars) June 2, 2021
Ravena will be registered under the Asian Player Quotas, a setup similar to his younger brother Thirdy’s situation with the San-En NeoPhoenix.
The 2nd overall pick of the 2017 draft will be formally introduced as a member of the squad by incoming head coach Luis Guil Torres next week.
In a statement posted on its Twitter account, the team noted that Ravena is “an extremely popular athlete,” with over a million followers on various social media accounts. They also commended the former Ateneo de Manila standout for his participation in the FIBA World Cup 2019 with Gilas Pilipinas.
The Lakestars had a losing record of 23-36 in the B.League’s West region last season and missed the playoffs.
The league usually starts its season in October with teams playing a total of 60 games – 30 at home and 30 on the road.
The move, however, may encounter stiff opposition from the PBA as Ravena still has a live three-year contract with the Road Warriors which he signed just last September.