Thirdy Ravena has the tough task of leading San-En out of the cellar in the upcoming 2020-21 season of the B.League.
“I heard this was a wonderful organization and it would be amazing if I could be a big help to the success of the club,” said the 23-year-old during his introductory press conference, Friday.
The NeoPhoenix is coming off a dismal last place finish in the Central District of Japan’s premier league, finishing with a 5-36 record.
But with Ravena comes legions of fans that will help lift San-en.
In San-En alone, there are 8,000 overseas Filipino workers. Moreover, there are 29,000 OFWs in the Aichi Prefecture.
And the three-time UAAP Finals Most Valuable Player can’t wait to play in front of them.
“There are 8,000 Filipinos close to where I’ll play, so I’m very excited to be part of that,” said the product of Ateneo, who dyed his hair red for his upcoming stint in the Land of the Rising Sun.
Expectations are high for San-En’s management, though.
For Phoenix Company President Kenjiro Hongo and General Manager Seiichiro Kage, their Asian import will lead them to new heights.
“He’s a young player and his ability is really great. There is no limit to what he can do,” quipped Kage.
“Thirdy is the best player in his country. Signing him is big for us,” said Hongo.