(UPDATED) Kiefer Ravena will be playing for the Shiga Lakes in the 2022-23 season of the B.League, the Japanese club announced on Monday.
For the second straight season, Ravena will serve as Shiga's Asian import, having made his debut in the 2021-22 campaign where he averaged 13.2 points, 5.9 assists, and 2.5 rebounds in 56 games, with 26 starts.
"I'm so excited to be back and playing with you all again," Ravena said in comments provided by the club.
"I think this season is going to be a great season, so I think the boosters will enjoy it and support us. I hope to see you all soon," he added.
Ravena returned home to the Philippines at the end of his first season in the B.League, intending to play for his mother club, the NLEX Road Warriors. His intent was to play for NLEX in the All-Filipino Conference, after which he would return to the B.League.
However, NLEX's offer was for Ravena to play the entire season. The two sides were unable to come to an agreement, and Ravena did not play at all in the Philippine Cup.
PBA commissioner Willie Marcial has previously said that there is no impediment for Ravena to return to Shiga.
However, with his decision to play a second year in the B.League, Ravena is expected to serve a "soft ban" in the PBA where he cannot play for a three-year period.