Sunday, January 23, 2011

It's Official: Kiefer Ravena to ADMU

If you wear blue, it's time to break out the champagne glasses. Exhale in relief, stop crossing your fingers and toes.

The wait is over.

GMA News has broken perhaps the story of the offseason and has gotten confirmation from Bong Ravena that his son, Kiefer, will be playing in the Seniors Division of the UAAP for the Ateneo De Manila University Blue Eagles.

In a text message sent to GMA News reporters, the elder Ravena said:

"It's confirmed. Kiefer wants to stay with Ateneo.""

Easily the most talented prospect in this incoming batch of rookies, Kiefer Ravena had been linked to numerous teams, with rumors having him going to the UP Fighting Maroons, the DLSU Green Archers, the NU Bulldogs, as well as the SBC Red Lions of the NCAA.

There were also some reports that Kiefer was being wooed by US NCAA Division I schools.

The confirmation comes as great news for Ateneo fans, as the Ravena family largely kept mum about their intentions. Many however, felt that Kiefer would stay with the institution that he won three juniors championships for, a sentiment echoed by outgoing ADMU President Fr. Ben Nebres. Athletics director Ricky Palou and Blue Eagles coach Norman Black were also confident that Ravena would join the senior Eagles, but were just waiting for the official word from the Ravenas.

Both Kiefer, and another presumptive Blue Eagle, his high school teammate, Von Pessumal, have been practicing with Ateneo's Team A recently.

It has also been hinted at that Ravena was able to convince or help recruit other HS standouts to enroll with Ateneo, in particular, DLSZ's Gwynne Capacio, and UST's Kevin Ferrer.

Ateneo de Manila University has won three straight championships in the Senior Division, and with Kiefer on the roster, alongside returning players like Kirk Long, Ryan Buenafe, and Nico Salva, coupled with other recruits like the aforementioned Pessumal and Capacio, Greg Slaughter and Mark Tallo Jr., look to have the inside track to a fourth straight title in Season 74.

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