KIEFER Ravena will be part for the Texas Legends in the NBA D-League as part of the development roster this season, his agent Patty Scott confirmed to SPIN.ph on Friday.
"Yes he is," said Scott, when asked if Ravena is part of the Legends team this season. "He just flew there today and got checked into his apartment for the year."
"They have taken great interest in him and will be developing him for this season," said Scott.
Ravena, however, is not part of the active roster but Scott expressed hope that the former Ateneo star will make it to the Legends lineup and, eventually, the NBA summer league roster of the Dallas Mavericks.
In his own post on Twitter, Ravena called the move a 'baby step,' but expressed to do 'whatever it takes' to realize his NBA dream.
"He's on the Legends team, just not the active roster till he's ready," Scott said when asked about the status of the former UAAP MVP in the D-League side.
"Hopefully for summer league with Mavericks in 2017 if all goes well and then back next season with the Legends as a starter and continue the journey to next level," Scott added.
The Legends drafted another Filipino, Rayray Parks, last season where the son of the former PBA import Bobby Parks averaged 4.6 points and 1.9 rebounds in 32 games.
However, Legends chose not to bring Parks back this season.
Parks, also a former UAAP MVP, was eventually drafted by the Westchester Knicks but failed to make the final cut for the D-League season.
Ravena will have to tackle a tougher road than Parks since, as a developmental player, he will have to work his way to the Legends active roster.
Developmental players also can't be called up by the D-League team's NBA affiliate at any time during the season.
On the Legends opening night roster are returning players Andre Dawkins, Deng Deng, Manny Harris, Patrick Miller and Satnam Singh.
Also listed as a developmental player was David Allen, while one player, Courtney Fells, made the 12-man roster through tryouts.