Japan-bound Thirdy Ravena still available for national team call of duty

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jun 28, 2020 09:39 PM
Japan-bound Thirdy available for national team call of duty
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Thirdy Ravena is doing what's best for his young career.

Having signed on to become the first-ever Asian import in Japan's B.League, the three-time Finals MVP with Ateneo de Manila University is ready and raring to stack up where he stands among the region's best.

For Ravena, numbers do not matter - all that matters is the valuable experience he would be getting from new competitors in a new arena. "We really just weighed kung ano talaga yung interest ko, kung ano talaga yung gusto kong mangyari. We didn't even pick, if you're wondering, yung highest offer," he shared in The Prospects Pod last Friday.

He when continued, "We only picked kung ano talaga yung best fit doon sa hinahanap namin which is yung makakalaro and walang expectation. Yung standing nga nila, ganun so mag-iimprove lang kami from there."

San-En NeoPhoenix, the 6-foot-3 swingman's new team, only had five wins to show in 41 games last year.

For Ravena, though, that only means there's nowhere to go but up for him and his new team.

At the same time, San-En team management has also assured the 23-year-old that they would support him if and when the national team comes calling - as long as schedules are ironed out. "Gusto ko pa rin maglaro for the Philippines so ang importante lang, yung schedule. As long as mag-agree naman both parties, wala akong problema dun," he said.

While a place for Ravena in Gilas Pilipinas is yet to be determined, what's certain right now is that he would be suiting up for a team that reportedly has 8,000 Filipinos in its area. "Masarap sa pakiramdam na makakadala ako ng fanbase kahit papaano sa team. Of course, thankful din ako sa suporta nila, sa suporta ng lahat ng mga Pinoy not just sa Japan, but all over the world," he said.

He then continued, "Grabe yung pinapakita nilang pagmamahal at pagsuporta. I really can't wait to play kasi binibigay ko rin naman yung laro ko para sa kanila."

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