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Gilas names enigmatic Kiefer Ravena as team captain

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Comeback is real for Kiefer Ravena!

The enigmatic guard was chosen as the new team captain in the revamped and youth-filled edition of Gilas Pilipinas squad on Sunday.

Although Ravena embraces his new role as a leader, he is still asking for guidance to some national team veterans like Marc Pingris.

“Humingi ako ng tulong sa PBA guys, especially kay kuya Marc Pingris, na alalayan din (ako) kung anong nakikita niya, especially ngayon na hindi pa siya nakakasali sa practice, mas nakikita niya kung anong nangyayari sa team,” he said.

The NLEX star will be joined by amateur stars like his brother Thirdy Ravena, Kobe Paras, Dave Ildefonso, Javi and Juan Gomez de Liano, as well as recently-drafted prospects like Isaac Go, Allyn Bulanadi, Rey Suerte, and Mike and Matt Nieto.

Ravena stated that he is still overwhelmed with the overall changes that Gilas had gone through, but he believes that the future is bright for the national team.

“Nakakapanibago lang kasi andami ng mas bata sa’yo, andami ng yung future ng Philippine basketball nakikita mo na.”