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Ravena tops three tests in PBA rookie combine

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Three  prominent Lyceum of the Philippines players  have declared for this year’s PBA  Rookie   Draft.  They are (from left) NCAA Slam Dunk champion Jebb Bulawan, 3-point artist Wilson  Baltazar  and center Joseph Gabayni. Three prominent Lyceum of the Philippines players have declared for this year’s PBA Rookie Draft. They are (from left) NCAA Slam Dunk champion Jebb Bulawan, 3-point artist Wilson Baltazar and center Joseph Gabayni.

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
City.

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
(11.91 seconds).
    
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
seconds).
    
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
Cabahug.