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NLEX Road Warriors' Kiefer Ravena first Filipino athlete to join Jordan Brand

NLEX Road Warriors guard Kiefer Ravena is the newest athlete, and first Filipino, to join the Jordan Brand's family, the brand announced in a press release early Tuesday.

"It's an honor for me to be part of this basketball family. I'm both thankful and excited to be the first Filipino to be a member of the Jordan Brand. Seeing how MJ played during his time in the NBA, I collected his shoes and wanted to be a part of his camps in the U.S. My first pair of basketball shoes were Jordan 9s," said Ravena, a Gilas Pilipinas mainstay.

Ravena won three titles and two finals MVP awards with the Ateneo Blue Eaglets in the Juniors Division of the UAAP. He quickly followed that with two more championships in the UAAP Seniors Division where he was also part of the Mythical Five three times, and was league MVP in 2014 and 2015.

After the UAAP, Ravena tried his luck in the United States and was a developmental player for the Texas Legends of the NBA G League. He came back to the Philippines to join the 2017 PBA Rooke Draft, where he was selected second overall by the Road Warriors, becoming an All-Star the year after. In just over three seasons in Asia's oldest basketball pro league, he has career averages of 16.8 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 5.9 assists. In last year's PBA bubble, he posted averages of 19.4 points, 5.5. rebounds and 4.6 assists per game.

Ravena has five gold medal finishes with the national team in the Southeast Asian Games from 2011 through 2019. He has represented the Philippines in other international tournaments, such as the 2017 FIBA Asia Champions Cup 2017, 2019 FIBA World Cup and several FIBA 3x3 tournaments, such as the 2013 FIBA Asia 3x3 Championship and 2017 3x3 FIBA World Cup.

"We're inspired by Manila's basketball culture and are thrilled to welcome our first Filipino athlete to the Jordan family," says Craig Williams, Jordan Brand President. "Basketball has a powerful influence on youth culture around the globe, and Kiefer can inspire future generations of ballers to make an impact in their hometowns and beyond. We are united by a shared love for the game, and Kiefer - a two-time UAAP MVP and Champion - represents the passion and love for basketball that you see all over the Philippines."

Ravena joins a roster of basketball athletes from the NBA and WNBA such as Zion Williamson, Satou Sabally, Luka Dončić, Jayson Tatum, Asia Durr, and Kia Nurse.