BROTHERS Dwight and Eli Ramos are set to join Ateneo in its Greece trip next week as it steps up its buildup for the upcoming UAAP Season 82.
Ateneo coach Tab Baldwin shared that the Ramoses, who have recently committed to the Katipunan school, will get their first taste of hardships with the team in the training which he only described as "brutal."
"There's not gonna be a lot of time for makeup and fingernails, I don't think. It's gonna be hard work," the outspoken coach said.
Dwight is a highly-touted 6-foot-5 recruit from Walnut High School in California who has been previously included in coach Chot Reyes' "23-for-2023" cadets pool last year. He will be eligible to play in the UAAP next year.
His brother Eli, meanwhile, is a 6-foot-3 point guard who is ready to suit up for Ateneo this year.
Aside from the Ramos brothers, also set to join the Blue Eagles in the Greece trip are Fil-Kiwi forward Patrick Maagdenberg and the returning Troy Mallillin.
"We've had to expand the pool a little bit. We'll take these guys overseas and then let them fight it out. From that, we will formulate a roster," said Baldwin, who said two mainstays - Raffy Verano and Jolo Mendoza - will likely miss next season due to academic deficiencies.
Aside from the Greece trip, also in line for Ateneo are trips to Singapore and Australia slated before the UAAP season begins in September.
"We'll face the Singapore national team on the way back, and then head down to Australia to have a few games in Perth and then over to Melbourne," the mentor said.
"It's a great experience, I think, for the boys to understand the difficulties of what long tours represent. They got to be away from home, they got to bond together as a team, and we got to help each other through everything that we face. And it's a lot when you go on tour. So it's something that I really believe in in terms of building character and a team. I think we'll come back much better off from it."