TWO-TIME UAAP MVP Kiefer Ravena of Ateneo is expected to be one of the top picks in the coming PBA
Rookie Draft 2017.
On Monday, Ravena impressed a lot of experts by topping three of the five performance tests
during the Gatorade PBA Rookie Draft Combine at the Gatorade Hoops Center algn Shaw Blvd.,Mandaluyong
Ravena, who is expected to be picked No. 2 overall behind only Fil-German Christian
Standhardinger, finished first in the Agility Lane, Maximum Vertical Leap, and 3/4 Court Sprint.
The 23-year-old Ravena completed the lane agility test in 10.72 seconds, beating Zach
Nicholls (11.56 seconds), Jett Manuel (11.62 seconds), Gian Abrigo (11.66 seconds)and Robbie Herndon
He also registered 39.5 inches in the maximum vertical leap, ahead of Julian Sargent (39.0),
Manuel (38.5), Lervin Flores (38), and Ebrahim Enguio and Sidney Onwubere (37.5).
Ravena completed his big day by finishing the 3/4 court sprint in only 2.78 seconds, ahad
of Nicholls (2.81 seconds), Gab Dagangon (2.82 seconds), and Monbert Arong and Jebb Bulawan (2.88
The only tests that Ravena failed to top were the Chest Ball Pass, where Sargent emerged the
best with 9.4 meters, and the shuttle run won by Nicholls in 51.3 seconds.
Following Sargent are Andreas Cahilig (8.62 meters), Jeron Teng (8 meters), Raymar Jose (7.99
meters), and Jason Perkins (7.83 meters) .
Joining Nicholls are Davon Potts (52.4 seconds), Jebb Bulawan (52.41 seconds), Emil Palma
(52.55 seconds), and Felix Apreku (52.66 seconds).
A total of 44 players have applied to join the annual draft, although Standhardinger, who is
widely considred as the No. 1 pick, failed to show up in the first of the two-day event organized
by the PBA.
The other prominent players who attended the draft combine were Joseph Gabayni, JonJon
Gabriel, Chris de Chavez, Arvie Bringas, Wilson Baltazar, Gwynne Capacio, John Ervin Grospe,
Michael Vincent Juico, Jayson Grimaldo, Kyle Neypes, Sidney Onwubere, Jerome Ortega, Renz Palma,
Dan Sara, Jom Sollano, John Rey Sumido, Mac Tallo and Thomas Torres. John Karlo Casino and Elmer