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Marcial wishes Thirdy well in extended Japan stint amid ‘draft dodger’ issue

By: - Reporter / @MarkGiongcoINQ
/ 06:37 PM May 12, 2021
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FILE — Thirdy Ravena for NeoPhoenix in Japanese B.League. SAN EN PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines — PBA commissioner Willie Marcial confirmed that Thirdy Ravena had sent him a letter with regard to his new contract with the San-en NeoPhoenix in the Japan B.League.

Marcial, however, cleared that Ravena’s letter had nothing to do with the PBA’s “draft-dodger” rule where the league can ban a player who misses the draft for two years after his last playing year in college.

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Ravena, who last played for the Ateneo Blue Eagles in 2019, is expected to play in the Japan league until the 2022-23 season at the very least after he just signed a multi-year deal to return with the NeoPhoenix.

“He wrote to me and he told me that he re-signed to play in the B.League so he will stay there for a few more years. He explained to me his situation there,” Marcial told INQUIRER.net in Filipino Wednesday.

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“Congratulations to him and I wish him well,” added Marcial, who stressed he has no problems with Ravena playing in Japan.

The 24-year-old guard dealt with health issues in his first season in the B.League. He also missed San-En’s first 10 games of the season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Overall, Ravena played just 18 games for the NeoPhoenix.

But when healthy, Ravena has proven to be a solid piece for San-En, averaging 9.1 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.6 assists.

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