UAAP: Sean Manganti's got more pep in his step with new mentor Kiefer Ravena
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Oct 17, 2018 06:58 PM
Former King Eagle Kiefer Ravena has taken current Soaring Falcons' captain Sean Manganti under his wing (Photo courtesy of Sean Manganti Twitter)
Sean Manganti has been having for himself a breakout season in the UAAP Season 81 Men’s Basketball Tournament.
Averaging 14.6 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists, and 1.3 steals in 25.9 minutes, the graduating forward has been a key cog in Adamson University’s ascent to the top of the leaderboard.
And those numbers could only be better now he has received a big boost in terms of mentorship. “He congratulated me after the UE game. He said, ‘Good game, keep doing what you’re doing,’” Manganti shared.
He then continued, “He told me I now got a lot of eyes on me and he wanted to polish my game a little bit. I said, ‘Hell, yeah!’”
The “he” the Soaring Falcons’ captain was referring to? None other than two-time champion and two-time MVP in the UAAP Kiefer Ravena.
As it turns out, after Manganti’s career-high 27 points up against University of the East a month ago, Ravena reached out to him.
Of course, the Adamson standout only accepted the invite from the Ateneo de Manila University great. As he put it, “He’s one of my idols right here. I was humbled that he reached out to me and asked me if I wanted to work out.”
He then continued, “You already know I said yeah so I’m just humbled I could say he’s a good friend now.”
Not long after that initial conversation, Manganti and Ravena got together for four hours in a gym in Quezon City last October 9. “I wanted to pick his brain. We worked out for an hour then we talked over food for like, two to three hours,” the former shared.
And the mentorship hasn’t stopped there.
Apparently, the now-PBA star makes it a point to frequently check on the Falcons’ forward. “Every game, we’ve been texting, talking about what I can do better, how I should be more consistent during crunch time,” the latter said.
And so, all in all, Manganti is nothing but thankful to now have Ravena, long a respected figure among young players, on his side. “He has been mentoring me and I’m really glad he reached out,” he said.
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