KIEFER Ravena can still be part of the Gilas Pilipinas training pool, but definitely not among the 12 names to be included for eligibility in the coming PBA Rookie Draft.
A SPIN.ph source said Ravena’s commitment with the Texas Legends, the minor league affiliate of the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA D-League, prohibits him from entering this year’s PBA draft where cadet members of the national team will take part in a special drafting.
The two-time UAAP MVP out of Ateneo it turned out, has come to terms with the Legends for a one-year deal, not necessarily to suit up in the D-League but be part of their training pool, a source bared.
“Nakapirma siya sa Texas Legends ng one year as part ng training pool,” said the source. “Inaalagaan siya ng team like undergoing training and skills programs and playing sa mga minor leagues sa U.S.
“Kung maganda ang ipakita niya, baka may chance na makalaro siya sa D-League,” added the source.
Ravena, who is currently in the U.S., is receiving an allowance from the Legends as part of his deal.
The 2016-17 season of the D-League kicks off on November 11 with a record 22 teams seeing action.
However, the son of former PBA player Bong Ravena remains part of the 24-man Gilas pool and can suit up for the national team if needed.
“Puwede naman siyang maglaro sa national team,” said the source. “Ang hindi lang talaga puwede yung makasama siya sa 12-man list dahil pag na-draft siya, maglalaro siya dun sa team na kumuha sa kanya, which is prohibited under sa deal niya with the Legends.”
As things stand now, the 12-man Gilas list include Jio Jalalon, Carl Bryan Cruz, Ed Daquioag, Kevin Ferrer, Matthew Wright, Von Pessumal, Russel Escoto, Arnold Van Opstal, Almond Vosotros, Roger Pogoy, Mike Tolomia, and Mac Belo.