Kiefer, Kobe, and other young 2nd-generation stars just like Kai

Paul Kennedy Lintag on May 25, 2020 10:43 AM
Kiefer, Kobe, and other 2nd-generation stars just like Kai
Just like Kai Sotto, Kobe Paras, Jeron Teng, and Kiefer Ravena are second-gent talents emerging as young basketball stars.

Kai Sotto is all over the news these days especially with his recent jump to the NBA G-League.

The 7'2" teen phenom is trying to be the first homegrown Filipino to play in the NBA.

A lot has been said about Kai in the past two weeks, but one of the more underrated facts about the basketball prodigy is that he's a second-generation talent.

Kai's father, the 6'7" Ervin, played in the PBA and was even a champion with the Alaska Aces.

[Related: Kai Sotto's dad Ervin was a 6'7" center and PBA champion]

As more and more new stars arise in Philippine basketball, a number of them are second-gen talents too.

Aside from Kai, here are some new stars with basketball-playing fathers.


Kiefer and Thirdy Ravena

The Ravena brothers are proud sons of former PBA star Bong.

Bong starred for the UE Red Warriors in the UAAP and was Rookie of the Year in the PBA in 1992.

Ravena played for three PBA teams and won five championships. Currently, Bong is the head coach of TNT KaTropa.

Kiefer was the no. 2 pick in the 2017 Draft and is currently with the NLEX Road Warriors.

Thirdy is fresh from three straight UAAP titles and is looking to play abroad to start his professional career. The Japanaese B.League appears to be his top choice.


Kobe Paras

Like Kai, Kobe Paras tried to make it to the NBA by way of the NCAA Division 1.

When that didn't work out, Kobe went home and suited up for the UP Fighting Maroons.

UP is the school of his father Benjie, and the elder Paras was the star when the Fighting Maroons won their one and only UAAP title in 1986.

Benjie also won Rookie-MVP in the PBA and retired as a four-time champion and one of the best players in league history.

Meanwhile, Kobe is set to play a second season with the Maroons.


Jeron and Jeric Teng

The Teng brothers are sons to the Robocop, Alvin Teng, one of the best enforcers in PBA history.

Alvin Teng enjoyed a long career in the PBA where he won the 1989 Grand Slam with San Miguel Beer. Teng was also the Most Improved Player in 1988 and the Defensive Player of the Year in 1993.

While Jeric didn't enjoy a long PBA career like his father, he does have one championship with Rain or Shine and is one of the most beloved UST Growling Tigers of recent memory.

Jeron was the no. 5 pick of the 2017 Draft and is one of the key pieces of the Alaska Aces in the PBA today.


Aaron Black

Aaron will play for his father Norman with the Meralco Bolts in the PBA.

Norman is one of the best imports and coaches in PBA history.

He won two championships as a player and is a two-time Best Import winner. As coach, Black won 11 titles including the 1989 Grand Slam with San Miguel Beer

Black also led the Ateneo Blue Eagles to five straight titles as head coach from 2008-2012.

Aaron played at the Ateneo and won championships under coach Tab Baldwin. He went on to play in the MPBL and the PBA D-League before he was drafted by the Bolts in the second round of the 2019 Draft.


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