KIEFER Ravena is in no rush to decide on when he will finally make the jump to the PBA.
And it probably won’t hurt to take some more time to make the decision.
The 23-year-old amateur star is still pondering if he will finally declare for the PBA Rookie Draft later this year, stressing his focus is currently on Gilas Pilipinas in preparation for the Jones Cup and the Southeast Asian Games.
“Wala pa naman (plano),” Ravena insisted after Gilas practice on Tuesday night. “Of course, I've been thinking about that, I've been back and forth with my agent boss Marvin Espiritu, we've been talking about it since the US was put on hold.”
“My priority for now is to play for the national team and coach Chot gave the opportunity, so ngayon yun yung gusto kong i-prioritize, to help the team, whether being a leader, scoring, defense, whatever it takes,” the three-time SEA Games gold medalist added.
“Also being in the veterans na rin, kung natanggal yung matatanda, ako yung isa yung matagal na may experience sa national team so hopefully, malabas ko yun.”
After playing his last college season for Ateneo two years ago, the two-time UAAP MVP took a shot at his NBA dream by working out in the US, enough to make it as a developmental player for NBA D-League side Texas Legends, before joining semi-pro teams Mighty Sports and Alab Pilipinas to keep him in shape.
Now, Ravena is at least giving the PBA some thought as he has sought advice from dad and former pro Bong.
“Yung advice niya sa akin kailangan 110% ako sa desisyon ko, kasi pag nag-oo ka na dyan, yun na yun,” the younger Ravena said. “Pinaguusapan rin namin as a family na kung ano bang okay, ano bang pwede nating gawin, kausapin.”
“Basta ayaw lang namin na may maiiwan na maliit na details kasi siyempre, it's a decision of a lifetime,” he added. “So before you make it, you have to be sure about everything.”
With college batchmates like Roger Pogoy, Jio Jalalon, Mac Belo, and Von Pessumal already starting to make their names in the pro ranks right in their rookie season, does that make Ravena feel that he’s starting to get left out?
“Siguro nasa PBA sila, pero siguro ako I just want to try something,” Ravena said. “Parang it was their dream to be part of the PBA, and I'm very happy that they are just not in it, they are making an impact in the league as young guys so I'm very happy ganun sila. Kasi alam ko naman ever since playing with them, they are the type of players who can make teams better.
“Ako, okay lang, we'll see, I just want to be ready,” the 6-foot combo guard added.