Kiefer Ravena, Jeron Teng to join 2017 PBA Draft

Delfin Dioquino
The already stacked 2017 PBA Draft class has become more talent rich with Kiefer Ravena and Jeron Teng making themselves available

ON TO THE DRAFT. Kiefer Ravena reveals on Twitter that he will join the PBA Draft this year. Filehoto by Josh Albelda

MANILA, Philippines – Two of collegiate basketball’s most prolific stars have declared themselves available for the upcoming 2017 PBA Draft. 

De La Salle University’s Jeron Teng has already submitted his application for the draft, PBA media bureau chief Willie Marcial confirms, while Ateneo de Manila University’s Kiefer Ravena announced his intention to join the draft through his Twitter account. 

“#PBADraft2017 Here we go,” Ravena wrote on Twitter.


 

Ravena has yet to file his application for the draft as of Monday afternoon, Marcial tells Rappler.

Teng and Ravena, who became teammates for the Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas team that saw action in the FIBA Asia Champions Cup in Chenzhou, China weeks ago, are both projected to go in the top 5. 

Teng, a two-time champion and a two-time Finals MVP in the UAAP, continued his fine play in the semi-pro ranks by averaging 23.2 points, 8.2 rebounds and 4.4 assists for the AMA Online Education in the Aspirants’ Cup of the 2017 PBA D-League. 

He then normed 22.2 points, 6.9 rebounds, and 5.8 assists with Flying V in the Foundation Cup. 

Ravena, meanwhile, starred for Chooks-to-Go with a team-high 20.6 points per game and dropped a whopping 76 points, 11 rebounds and 8 assists yesterday in the UAAP Goodwill Games. 

With their addition, the 2017 PBA Draft class has become more stacked as Ravena and Teng join the likes of Philippine team stalwarts Christian Standhardinger and Raymar Jose and collegiate standouts Rey Nambatac, Davon Potts, Sidney Onwubere and Jason Perkins.

The PBA has set a deadline of October 12 for Philippine-born players to apply for the draft, which takes place October 29 at Robinsons Place Manila in Ermita on October 29. The mandatory PBA Draft Combine will take place October 23-25, and the final draft list will be announced on October 27. Rappler.com

 

Delfin Dioquino

Delfin Dioquino dreamt of being a PBA player, but he did not have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to being an athlete – to write about them. He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.