Finally, Kiefer Ravena throws hat in Rookie Draft

October 10, 2017

The coming 2017 PBA Rookie Draft exercise has just become more exciting as Kiefer Ravena finally made his much-awaited decision to join the local pro league.

The former Ateneo hotshot submitted his draft application Tuesday, adding depth and excitement in the draft pool that includes Gilas teammates Christian Standhardinger and Raymar Jose.

Ravena, the ace guard of the Philippine team in the recent SEA Games in Malaysia and also the lead playmaker of Chooks To Go Pilipinas in the succeeding FIBA Asia Champions Cup in China, could go as high as No. 2 - or event No. 1 - in the PBA draft.

He's finally joining the PBA, ending his chase of a spot in the NBA D-League.

He had worked out with the Texas Legends as a developmental player in 2016, but didn't join the 2016 D-League draft.

In his return to the country, Ravena saw action with Alab Pilipinas with Bobby Ray Parks in the Asean Basketball League before being called to again play for the national team.

He's won four SEA Games gold medals in 2011, 2013, 1015 and 2017. He's now part of the expanded Gilas pool.

Draft hopefuls have until Thursday to beat the deadline for submission of draft application.

Deadline of draft application among Fil-foreign players was over. Among those who beat the deadline are Standhardinger, Jason Perkins, Jason Potts, Felix Apreku, Andreas Cahilig, Julian Sargeant and Zach Nicholls.