Thirdy Ravena is bringing his high-flying act to Japan.
The 6-foot-2 son of former PBA player Bong Ravena has come to terms with San-en NeoPhoenix as its Asian import. The B.League team is set to announce the breaking development through a news conference scheduled for Friday.
Ravena, who skipped the PBA rookie draft last year in order to fulfil his goal of playing overseas, will be the first ever Asian import in the country’s premier basketball league.
“B.League has engaged communication with foreign countries to promote internationalization since the first season in 2016. We are very pleased to welcome Ravena to B.League for the first year of Asian player quotas. We will continue to collaborate and cooperate with Asian partners to develop basketball in Asia,” wrote the league on its Facebook page.
The three-time UAAP Finals MVP’s new ballclub is based in the eastern Mikawa and Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Prefecture region of central Japan, which is around two hours away from Tokyo.
The league will tip-off on October with each team scheduled to play 60 games in the regular season.
San-en, which finished last season in the bottom of the Central District division with a 5-36 record, is handled by Serbian coach Branislav Vicentic – a good friend of Gilas Pilipinas program director Tab Baldwin.