Kiefer Ravena, national star from the Gilas Pilipinas team and Philippine Basketball Association, is the newest athlete, and first Filipino, to join the Jordan Brand’s growing family. One of the most resounding names in Philippine basketball for almost a decade and a half, Ravena’s authentic passion and love for the game makes him a perfect addition to the Jordan Brand.“It’s an honor for me to be part of this basketball family. I’m both thankful and excited to be the first Filipino to be a member of the Jordan Brand. Seeing how MJ played during his time in the NBA, I collected his shoes and wanted to be a part of his camps in the U.S. My first pair of basketball shoes were Jordan 9s,” says the Gilas Pilipinas mainstay.
With a stellar high school career with the Ateneo Blue Eaglets, Ravena won three titles and two finals MVP awards in the Juniors Division of the UAAP. He quickly followed that with two more championships in the UAAP Seniors Division where he was also part of the Mythical Five three times, and was league MVP in 2014 and 2015. Post college, Ravena went on to become the second overall pick in the 2017 PBA draft of the NLEX Road Warriors, instantly becoming an All-Star the year after. In just over three seasons in Asia’s oldest basketball pro league, he has career averages of 16.8 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 5.9 assists.
The second-generation basketball star has five gold medal finishes with the national team in the Southeast Asian Games from 2011 through 2019. He has represented the Philippines in other international tournaments, such as the FIBA Asia Champions Cup 2017, FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament 2019 and several FIBA 3x3 tournaments, such as the 2013 FIBA Asia 3x3 Championship and 2017 3x3 FIBA World Cup.
“We’re inspired by Manila’s basketball culture and are thrilled to welcome our first Filipino athlete to the Jordan family,” says Craig Williams, Jordan Brand President. “Basketball has a powerful influence on youth culture around the globe, and Kiefer can inspire future generations of ballers to make an impact in their hometowns and beyond. We are united by a shared love for the game, and Kiefer – a two-time UAAP MVP and Champion – represents the passion and love for basketball that you see all over the Philippines.”
Kiefer joins a spectacular roster of basketball athletes from the NBA and WNBA such as Zion Williamson, Satou Sabally, Luka Dončić, Jayson Tatum, Asia Durr, and Kia Nurse.