Dwight Ramos looks to emulate ‘mentor’ Kiefer Ravena as Gilas leader

Dwight Ramos has been exceptional for Gilas Pilipinas for the entire 2021 FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers. 

But aside from his outstanding all-around game, the 22-year-old Ramos now wants to be more of a leader to the all-amateur Gilas squad, especially with starting point guard Matt Nieto out due to a broken hand.

“Coach Tab has been challenging me to be more of a leader, be more vocal. That’s something that I have been trying to work on. I’m not the loudest person, but I’m trying,” said Ramos.

“As time goes on, hopefully, I become more of a vocal guy for these young players because I might have a little more experience than them internationally,”  he added.

Besides working on things himself, the 6-foot-4 Filipino-American guard  also has a mentor who knows a thing or two about being the captain of Gilas Pilipinas.

And it’s none other than NLEX Road Warriors star Kiefer Ravena, whom Ramos can always count on inside the court.

“I’m pretty close to Kiefer. If I have any questions, I just go to Kiefer. Kiefer was named our captain that one time,” recalled Ramos as he and Ravena were teammates during the first window of the qualifiers back in February 2020.

“If ever I need any help, that’s the person I would go to,” he added.

Ramos averaged 12.7 points, 5.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists, and 1.7 steals in Gilas’ last three outings to help the national team stay unbeaten.

Back in November, Ramos had a perfect game for the Philippines as he finished with 20 points on 7-of-7 shooting along with 7 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 steals in a 93-61 victory over Thailand.

Ramos and the rest of Gilas, though, are in for a tough grind in the next few weeks.

From June 16 to 20, they will take on South Korea twice and Indonesia once in the final window of the Asia Cup qualifiers in Clark, Pampanga.

The national team will then compete in Belgrade, Serbia from June 29 to July 4 for the Olympic Qualifying Tournament, where they will face powerhouse Serbia and Dominican Republic. – Rappler.com