|UAAP Juniors MVP Thirdy Ravena of the Ateneo Blue Eaglets. Photo by Mark Cristino for ABS-CBNnews.com
MANILA, Philippines – UAAP Juniors Most Valuable Player (MVP) Thirdy Ravena of the Ateneo Blue Eaglets is not ready to announce his college decision yet but admits that he would love to play with his older brother, Ateneo guard Kiefer Ravena.
“Soon we’ll all find out, I’m gonna announce na rin kung saan ako pupunta,” the younger Ravena told ABS-CBNnews.com. “I just want to make sure na 100% na po ‘yung decision ko before I make the announcement.”
It has long been rumored that Thirdy has committed to play for the Blue Eagles in the UAAP, which will put him in the same team as his brother Kiefer, a former Rookie of the Year winner.
“Well, pag sa Ateneo, I mean I want to be with my brother of course,” said Thirdy, who led the Blue Eaglets to the Finals of the UAAP junior’s basketball tournament in Season 76. “Instead of making my life more difficult by playing against him, why not make it easier?”
Thirdy said he will also like to play with San Beda star forward Arvin Tolentino, who has reportedly committed to play for the Loyola Heights-based university.
“I still have no idea about whether or not he’s going to Ateneo,” Thirdy said of Tolentino. “But hopefully naman po, I mean he’s a really good player, and he’s gonna be a vital part of the team if he makes it. I just wish na maging teammate ko din siya.”
“Arvin was my teammate in the RP (Youth Team), so medyo alam na namin kung ano ‘yung laro ng isa’t isa,” he added. “So it would make my life easier sa court and hopefully it makes his life easier too.”
“Most importantly, sana maka-contribute din kami sa school.”
Tolentino recently led the Red Cubs to another championship in the NCAA Season 89 junior's basketball tournament.
The younger Ravena and Tolentino would be the jewels of a sterling recruiting class for Ateneo that already includes John Apacible and Clint Doliguez of Hope Christian.
UAAP Season 76 Finals MVP Hubert Cani from National University, and top scorer Renzo Subido from La Salle Zobel have also reportedly committed to Ateneo, according to a Philippine Star story.