The eight-man Filipino import contingent in the Japan B. League will finally be complete as Ibaraki Robots reinforcement Javi Gomez de Liaño has left the Philippines on Wednesday, October 6.
The 22-year-old announced his departure on his Instagram stories Wednesday afternoon, about a week after the new B. League season tipped off in Japan.
He will join fellow Gilas Pilipinas prospects Dwight Ramos of the Toyama Grouses, and Kemark Cariño of the Division 2’s Aomori Wat’s on the mandated two-week quarantine list for new arrivals.
Ramos and Cariño both left around September 28 after resolving their overseas employment requirements with the Department of Labor and Employment, and it is likely that Gomez de Liaño had to clear the same hurdle.
While the two are expected to debut around October 16 to 17, Gomez de Liaño will likely see action around October 23 to 24, just in time to host familiar college foe Thirdy Ravena and the San-en NeoPhoenix.
Ibaraki can certainly use the sweet shooting of the 6-foot-4 forward as soon as possible after the Robots got swept in their two-game opening weekend against the Akita Northern Happinets.
In his final collegiate year with the UAAP’s UP Fighting Maroons, Gomez de Liaño averaged a team third-best 9.4 points on 35% shooting from three, the fourth-best mark in the league.