Filipino basketball players

Javi Gomez de Liaño joins brother Juan in Japan, signs with Ibaraki Robots

Delfin Dioquino
Javi Gomez de Liaño joins brother Juan in Japan, signs with Ibaraki Robots

OVERSEAS CAREER. A member of Gilas Pilipinas' pool, Javi Gomez de Liaño looks to improve his craft in Japan.

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Japan has emerged as a top destination for some of the best young players in the country since Thirdy Ravena signed with the San-En NeoPhoenix

Add Javi Gomez de Liaño to the growing list of Filipino basketball players who are pursuing overseas careers in Japan.

Gomez de Liaño will join his brother Juan in the Land of the Rising Sun after signing with the Ibaraki Robots, a team that plays in the Japanese B. League.

Ibaraki, which has been promoted to the first division after multiple years in the second division, announced the signing on Monday, July 5.

The former UP Fighting Maroons guard followed the same career path of his younger brother Juan, who will reinforce Earth Friends Tokyo Z in the second division of the B. League.

A member of Gilas Pilipinas’ pool, Javi last played in the FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers, where he averaged 10.7 points on a 65% clip to go with 3 rebounds in the 3 games he saw action in.

Japan has emerged as a top destination for some of the best young players in the country since Thirdy Ravena signed with the San-En NeoPhoenix, becoming the first Filipino to land a contract in the B. League.

Ravena inked a new multi-year deal with San-En after completing his rookie season.

Another Ravena, the older Kiefer, is also seeking a career in Japan after signing with the Shiga Lakestars.

It is uncertain, though, whether Kiefer will be able to suit up for Shiga in the upcoming B. League season considering he still has a live contract with the PBA’s NLEX Road Warriors. – 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.