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Thirdy Ravena foregoes PBA Draft

Sorry. No Thirdy Ravena in the draft. Dennis Acosta (file photo)
By Ivan Saldajeno

BINAN—Thirdy Ravena is skipping the PBA Draft.

The Ateneo winger, who was tipped as the consensus top pick of this year's draft, was not part of the 21 players who submitted their draft applications in the final day of registration on Friday. Neither he nor a representative went to the league office in Quezon City to sent his papers.

With Ravena, the younger brother of NLEX's Kiefer, foregoing the draft, the draft class, which has been hampered by earlier decisions by Joshua Munzon, Alvin Pasaol, Troy Rike, Santi Santillan, and Franky Johnson to skip the draft too due to their upcoming commitment in the FIBA 3x3 Olympic Qualifying Tournament, has become even more shallow.

Still, the 71-man draft class, which could still dwindle as the applicants have until Saturday to rescind their draft applications, remains loaded with talent.

With Ravena opting out of the draft, the focus has now shifted to fellow Blue Eagle Isaac Go as the stretch-5 is now projected to be number one in the draft. Also on track of a possible first round selection are graduating Eagles Adrian Wong and the Nieto Twins.

Meanwhile, the Marcelino Twins forewent their final year of eligibility with Lyceum to declare for the draft.

Also joining this year's draft are MPBL stars Vince Tolentino of Nueva Ecija, Aaron Black of Zamboanga, Allyn Bulanadi of Basilan, Sean Manganti of Bataan, Will McAloney of Cebu, Mike Ayonayon of San Juan, and Rey Suerte of Batangas City.

The PBA Draft will take place on Dec. 8 at Robinson's Place Manila with Columbian picking first overall.

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