Youngblood but now a veteran. This has been the journey of former Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) champion and now a professional basketball player Kiefer Ravena. Dubbed as the Phenom, Ravena continues to prove that he is indeed the future of Philippine basketball.
Aside from collegiate league championships, Ravena also proved his skills in international leagues, particularly in the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games. For the last five seasons of the sporting event, Ravena has been included in the roster of players. And in his five games, he also won five gold medals. He has now the record under his belt as the first Filipino to bag five gold medals in SEA Games.
But the journey has not been so easy for the phenom to get his record breaking achievement. For the 2019 SEA Games stint, Ravena was not originally included in the roster but Jason Castro’s absence made him get the spot.
Ravena also palyed as a developmental player in Texas Legends of the NBA D-League in 2016. Although he was not part of the official roster, he had time to go to training with some of the world’s best.
Gilas and PBA
In 2017, Ravena was drafted by the NLEX Road Warriors. He made an impressive debut with 18 points, 12 assists, and 7 rebounds. He was also a top pick choice to be an MVP but yet to win the award in this pro-league.
Ravena is also a part of the Philippine National Team called Gilas Pilipinas since 2009. He had to face an 18-month game suspension imposed by the FIBA after finding a banned substance while playing for Gilas.
Though, after more than a year of hiatus, Ravena made a comeback as a Gilas player and was able to play for the Philippines in some international leagues.