Standhardinger leads 44 hopefuls in 2017 PBA Draft

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Fil-German forward Christian Standhardinger and marquee homegrown talents Kiefer Ravena and Jeron Teng lead a total of 44 players who made themselves available for the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft set Oct. 29at Robinson’s Place Manila.

Raymar Jose and Jett Manuel, who suited up with Chooks To Go Pilipinas with Ravena and Teng in the recent FIBA Asia Cup, also listed up for the coming draft exercise where the Kia Picanto will be No. 1 in the draft order.

Fil-foreign players Jason Perkins from La Salle and Davon Potts from San Beda are among the top prospects.

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Gilas standout Kiefer Ravena declares for PBA draft

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The Phenom has decided to turn pro.

Amateur star Kiefer Ravena has declared himself eligible for the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft, making the announcement through his personal Twitter account on Monday.

Ravena is projected to be a top pick in the upcoming draft, which will be held on October 29, along with fellow national team members Fil-German Christian Standhardinger and Raymar Jose.

Rounding out the projected top five picks are former La Salle stars Jeron Teng, who also announced his intentions the same day as Ravena, and Jason Perkins, who has been successful in the PBA D-League with the Cignal HD Spikers.

The 23-year-old Ravena served for Gilas Pilipinas in numerous international tournaments. He won gold medals donning the country’s colors in the 2015 SEABA Championship and in the 2015 and 2017 editions of the Southeast Asian Games.

Just recently, Ravena led Chooks To Go Pilipinas to a fifth place finish in the FIBA Asia Champions Cup with averages of 20.6 points, 3.1 rebounds, and 3.1 assists.

Ravena became a household name during his five years with Ateneo in the UAAP. As a member of the Blue Eagles, he averaged 16.3 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 3.9 assists per game. He is a two-time UAAP champion and two-time league MVP.

Ravena also has some sort of experience at the NBA level, having signed a contract last year in the NBA D-League, now referred to as the G-League, with the Texas Legends.

The deadline of application for the PBA draft is on Thursday.

What does Christian Standhardinger like about the PBA?

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Fil-German Christian Standhardinger is one of the many hopefuls who have applied for the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft.

Standhardinger is projected to be a top three pick after becoming a household name because of his outstanding stints with Gilas Pilipinas in three international tournaments — Jones Cup, FIBA Asia Cup and SEA Games.

Many Filipino basketball fans were thrilled to find out Standhardinger decided to join the draft. But for him, it was a no-brainer.

“It was not a tough decision. It’s a goal of mine to play in the PBA so it wasn’t a tough decision. I’m excited for what the future brings,” Standhardinger said in a Skype interview with Sports Desk host Mico Halili on Tuesday evening.

Standhardinger already had an idea about the PBA before he suited up for Gilas, but mentioned it gave him more reason to join the draft when he got more acquainted with his teammates on the national team.

“(The PBA) was obviously a league I was striving to play in one day. Then I played with Gilas and I met my teammates, and you guys all know I love my teammates. Those are great guys and they told me about the PBA and that it’s a great league. That was even more incentive to put my name in the draft,” he explained.

Ever since news came out he applied for the PBA draft, the Fil-German has been receiving a ton of heartfelt messages from his fans.

“It’s crazy how many messages I get saying ‘Please put your name in’ and ‘I’m excited you put your name in.’ My Instagram account is going crazy, my Facebook account is going crazy. I really appreciate all those messages,” he said. “I’m looking forward to connect even more with the fans. The fans in the Philippines are just great.”

Asked what he likes about the PBA, Standhardinger said he digs the up-and-down playing style and the amount of energy players have on the court.

“I like their style of play, it’s very fast-paced. It’s very emotional and very passionate, and I like that. Those are characteristics I try to bring out in myself when I play basketball and I also like seeing on the court,” he said. “That’s what excites me about the PBA.”

And though the next PBA season is still a few months away, Standhardinger said he is ready to leave Germany and start a life here in Manila.

“I know the great things about the Philippines and Manila and all. I’m ready to move forward and I hope to play in the PBA soon, and be part of this country and live in it.”

Gilas standout Standhardinger leads Fil-foreign PBA Draft hopefuls

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A talented batch of Fil-foreign ballers led by Gilas Pilipinas big man Christian Standhardinger have made themselves available for the 2017 PBA Draft on October 29.

The 6-foot-7 Standhardinger, a Fil-German by birth, submitted his application thru email to PBA Commissioner Chito Narvasa early Monday.