The other day, the in-demand basketball talent known as Kiefer Ravena made more than a few Ateneans scratch their heads when he told reporters after receiving the UAAP Juniors Player of the Year Award that Ateneo Blue Eagles coach Norman Black still hadn't talked to him about staying at home and playing for the Eagles.
It seems hard to believe that Black, who has made many comments about wanting Ravena to stay, hasn't talked to him, unless Ateneo has some sort of protocol that forbids the coach from talking to potential recruits, perhaps meaning that someone like Ricky Palou is the one doing all the heavy lifting (although admittedly, that's a bit of a stretch).
In addition, Black mentioned before that the school had sent Ravena a letter of offer since October of last year. That's not exactly "a talk" but I think that makes it pretty clear that Ateneo wants him to stay.
Toss in the fact that Ravena and his teammate Von Pessumal have been practicing alongside the Ateneo "A" team since the end of the UAAP season and you'd think that there would be PLENTY of opportunities for Black to give Ravena even a sentence or two showing that he wants the Phenom to stay at home.
Yesterday, in an interview with the Manila Bulletin, Ravena discussed balancing academics and basketball life, before mentioning that the courses he'd like to take up are Management Economics or Psychology.
And as far as I know, the only school that offers both would be...Ateneo De Manila University.
While it's not typical for high school standouts to formally reveal where they're headed before March, at the earliest, a significant amount of people believe that if Ravena would really want to stay an Eagle, he would have said so already. As a result, all this back and forth between the Ravena camp and Ateneo has Blue faithfuls clutching their rosaries.