|Dwight Ramos is heading to the B.League too. FIBA/Paul Ryan Tan (file photo)|
MANILA--The breakout star for Gilas Pilipinas amid this pandemic is taking his talents to Japan too.
The Toyama Grouses of the B.League announced on Friday that Dwight Ramos has agreed to join the team ahead of its upcoming season.
This means the six-foot-four swingman, who was supposed to suit up for Ateneo in the UAAP, is turning professional.
The former California State-Fullerton and Cal Poly-Pomona standout would have had two years of UAAP eligibility for Ateneo, although he played for the team in the 2020 PCCL Nationals.
"We are pleased to announce that Toyama Grouses has reached a basic agreement with Dwight Ramos for the B.League 2021-22 season," the Grouses said in a statement.
Ramos, who was stellar for Gilas during the last two windows of the FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers, will be the eighth Filipino baller signed to Japan's premier basketball league, all through the Asian player quota.
"He will be the first player in the Asian special slot after entering the B.League," Toyama added.
Ramos said that it has been his dream to play in Japan.
"I am very excited to play in the city of Toyama, it is my dream to play in such a beautiful city and country in Japan," he said.
The Grouses finished in fifth place during the previous regular season at 39-21, but they were knocked out in the quarterfinals by the Ryukyu Golden Kings in a three-game series highlighted by blowout results.
Ramos will join a Toyama lineup led by former TNT import Joshua Smith.
"I hope to win a lot of games and bring pride to the city of Toyama together with my new teammates," Ramos further said. "The team made the playoffs last season, I hope to contribute to a championship run this season."
However, due to COVID-19 restrictions, Ramos will not be joining the team in the preseason but will be there come the regular season starting next month.
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