KIEFER Ravena is back on the court as he led the new faces in the Gilas Pilipinas pool in the lead-up to the 2019 Fiba World Cup.
The NLEX guard, who is finally cleared to practice two months away from the end of his Fiba-imposed 18-month suspension, buckled down to work with coach Yeng Guiao's pool early Monday evening at Meralco Gym.
This was Ravena's first basketball activity since he was slapped with a ban after testing positive for three banned substances from a pre-workout drink he took back in February last year.
Also making their presence felt for the national team are top overall pick CJ Perez of Columbian, and no. 3 selection Robert Bolick of NorthPort, who got an immediate reunion with his since-traded teammate Stanley Pringle, who is now with Ginebra.
Pringle is lending a hand to the national team as he remains a naturalized player in the eyes of Fiba.
June Mar Fajardo and Japeth Aguilar bannered the holdovers, together with Paul Lee, Mark Barroca, Marcio Lassiter, Roger Pogoy, Troy Rosario, Poy Erram, and Raymond Almazan.
Gabe Norwood was not present for the session.
PBA commissioner Willie Marcial also paid the pool a visit a little less than 10 weeks away from the World Cup in China come August.