Ricardo Ratliffe touts Thirdy Ravena as 'the future'

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 05 2020 11:45 AM

Former Star Hotshots import Ricardo Ratliffe. File photo. Richard Esguerra, ABS-CBN Sports.

Thirdy Ravena didn't quite make it to Ricardo Ratliffe's All-Time Asia Cup starting five, but the naturalized Korean player still had words of praise for the young Filipino player.

Ratliffe, who also goes by the name Ra Gun-ah after being naturalized in January 2018, was the latest player to discuss his career on FIBA Asia's Instagram account.

Like other players, he was also tasked to name his All-Time Asia Cup starting five -- something that Ratliffe acknowledged was a challenge.

"The center would be Yao Ming, of course. The power forward will be me," said Ratliffe, who played in the PBA as an import for the Purefoods franchise.

"The small forward will be Dar Tucker. Shooting guard, it will be Earnest Ross. And the point, that would be Yang Donggeun," he added.

But Ratliffe also wanted three more players to come off the bench, and he named two of his teammates in the Korean national team - Choi Jun-Yong and Lee Dae-Sung.

The last one? "My boy, Thirdy from the Philippines, 'cause I know he's the future. He's the future," Ratliffe said. 

Ravena has already played for Gilas Pilipinas in the final window of the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers, and was the star in their first game of the FIBA Asian Cup 2021 Qualifiers last February.

He is now headed to Japan to play as an Asian import for San-En NeoPhoenix in the B.League. 

The Philippines and South Korea are both in Group A of the qualifiers, though it remains to be seen when they will face off as FIBA was forced to reschedule the games because of the novel coronavirus pandemic. 

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