San Beda Red Lions
FOR the longest time, Kiefer Ravena and Jeron Teng are the top two faces of amateur basketball in the country.
Their skills and marketing prowess made them household names. Now, they are officially bound to take their talents to the Philippine Basketball Association.
The former Gilas Pilipinas teammates have officially been secured by their new mother teams, NLEX and Alaska, respectively.
Ravena, the second overall pick in the Draft, formally signed with the Road Warriors early this week.
The two-time UAAP Most Valuable Player was given a lucrative P8.5 million deal for three years.
Teng, the No. 5 pick, was signed to a shorter two-year deal by the Aces with the amount undisclosed.
Both are looking to follow in the footsteps of their fathers, Bong Ravena and Alvin Teng, who both had significant and lengthy careers in the league during their time.
The longtime friends and rivals are expected to be vital parts of their teams given that NLEX and Alaska are in need of firepower to help them content with the perennial powerhouses of the league.
The 43rd season of the PBA is bound to open shop on Dec. 17.
At the moment, board members and league officials flew yesterday to Los Angeles to conduct their annual planning session.