KIEFER Ravena shifted his preparation for the pros into higher gear as he embarked on a virtually personalized training camp in Las Vegas.
The amateur superstar trained at Impact Basketball twice a day – except Sunday – for one week and a half as he stepped up his buildup for the next PBA Draft, where he’s expected to be one of the top three picks.
“It’s a good gauge for me kung ano yung mga gusto kong gawin, mangyari sa career ko, improvement-wise,” Ravena said.
Unlike in past visits where we went with his Ateneo teammates, Ravena made it a point to go there by himself and at time before NBA draft applicants were set to train.
“Siguro ito (na visit) mas focused sa akin, kasi madalas, tulad nung sa Ateneo, sa morning, skills, tapos pag dating ng hapon, team practice na. Hindi katulad ngayon, umaga, sa’yo at sa hapon din, sa’yo, so mas focused talaga,” he explained.
“I went there nung wala pa yung magpapa-draft sa NBA, so naka-focus din talaga sa akin, which was one of my missions why I went there,” the 22-year-old cager added.
NBA players have been through the program under renowned trainer Joe Abunassar in the past. Now, Ravena was fortunate to train alongside former No. 1 overall pick Anthony Bennett, who’s plotting his comeback.
“Kasabay ko lang siya,” Ravena said. “Everything that he was doing, I was doing also.”
“Since na-cut siya nung last team niya, makikita mo kung gaano kasipag yung tao,” he added of Bennett. “He’s not in the NBA right now, but he works as hard as those NBA players. He wants to get back.”
Ravena said Bennett, part of the Canadian national team, is excited to come to Manila for the Olympic Qualifying Tournament. Canada is bracketed in Group A opposite the Philippines in Group B.
“He’s also excited to come here,” Ravena said.