Ateneo de Manila University head coach Norman Black, San Beda head coach Frankie Lim, and Ateneo Blue Eaglet Kiefer Ravena were among those awarded during the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) and National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Collegiate Basketball Awards held at the Gateway Suites in Quezon City, Manila last Monday. The UAAP-NCAA Press Corps made the selection of the winners.
Black and Lim received their UAAP and NCAA Coach of the Year Awards respectively. Ravena received his UAAP Juniors Player of the Year award while Baser Amer of San Beda high school took home the NCAA Juniors Player of the Year.
The sixteen year old Ravena, a high school senior in Ateneo, has not committed to his choice college team yet. His indecision is only drawing more recruiters to come his way like San Beda, who were champions of the NCAA this past season.
Kiefer Ravena highlight reel:
Ravena, during his brief award acceptance speech on the night said, “Coach Norman (Black) hasn’t talked to me about it,” in regards to his decision if he will join Black’s Ateneo Blue Eagles (collegiate) team in the seniors’ division next season. The 5 foot 11 Ravena, son of retired Philippine Basketball Association player Bong Ravena, led the Blue Eaglets to a rare “3-peat” in the high school division less than 5 months ago. He averaged an incredible 20 points, 5.5 boards, 5.2 dimes (second in league), 2.6 steals (third in league), 51% field goal percentage in 25 minutes in his senior season with the Ateneo’s high school team.
San Beda’s Lim also covets for Ravena’s talents. Lim said that if Ateneo and other teams weren’t able to recruit Ravena, then they will get involved and be aggressive in tapping him but also believes Black will pursue him. He also added that if Ateneo can’t make the young star happy, then he will just be right beside him to wait for him. Ricky Palou, athletic director of Ateneo, disclosed earlier that he firmly believes Ravena will stay with Ateneo.
Kiefer Ravena in Las Vegas:
The other awardees for the evening were Ateneo’s Eric Salamat and San Beda College’s Borgie Hermida who won their respective Super Senior Awards. The Pivotal Player Awards were given to Ateneo’s Ryan Buenafe and San Beda’s Garvo Lanete.
The Collegiate Mythical Five Awardees were rounded up by San Beda’s Sudan Daniel, Far Eastern University’s RR Garcia, Ateneo’s Kirk Long, Far Eastern University’s Aldrech Ramos, and San Sebastian College’s Calvin Abueva.