Kiefer Ravena insists he hasn't made up mind on whether to commit to Gilas or join PBA draft
An eager participant with Gilas even if it's on the sidelines or as practice player, Kiefer Ravena has a chance to take charge for the Philippine men's team when the national basketball federation reverts to the old Gilas program. Jerome Ascano

KIEFER Ravena is keeping his options open as far as his professional career is concerned, insisting he has yet to decide whether to focus on the national team or play in the PBA.

The amateur star is expected to lead the cadets side that will banner the national team in future tournaments, but admitted he has yet to get an official offer from the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP).

“Wala pa namang offer with all the cadets,” Ravena told after he rejoined Gilas practice on Sunday. “Wala pa talaga kasi marami pa silang inaayos (sa contract details), kung three years ba, five years ba, or pwede magpa-draft pero ganito ganyan?”

Alaska owner Fred Uytengsu earlier suggested to the PBA and SBP that amateur stars who will be signed to long-term Gilas contracts be allowed to enter the draft.

[See Wilfred Uytengsu offers 'win-win solution' to Gilas dilemma: 'Let cadets join PBA draft']

At this point, Ravena said he is open to anything.

“Open naman yung possibility na I could do the cadets or enter the draft. We’ll see,” Ravena said. “Ang importante, it’s just me being ready for whatever is in front of me, especially ngayon na professional career na, so yun na ang iniisip mo.”

Asked which path he is leaning toward, Ravena said he will remain at a crossroad until he hears everyone’s respective offers.

“Open lahat. No percentage na mas gusto ko sa ganito kaysa sa ganito,” the former UAAP MVP out of Ateneo said. “Hindi ko masabi kasi ayaw ko magsalita ng tapos eh, kasi wala pa akong nakikita na anything eh. Puro sabi lang na, ‘Ganito ang mangyayari.’”

“Titingan pa namin ng parents ko,” he added.

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