MANILA, Philippines — Nationwide workforce mainstay Dwight Ramos reiterated his long-term dedication to the Gilas Pilipinas program.
The 25-year-old Filipino-American guard, who is ready to play his third season in Japan B.League, could also be away from the nation for the following a number of months, however his want to play for Gilas stays.
“At 25, I can’t say for certain what’s going to occur sooner or later however so long as I’m nonetheless enjoying at a excessive degree and my physique can maintain up, then I’m going to maintain on enjoying for the nationwide workforce,” mentioned Ramos throughout his press convention with the Levanga Hokkaido on Wednesday.
Ramos has been enjoying within the B.League since 2021 when he signed with the Toyama Grouses earlier than transferring to Levanga final season.
Regardless of his busy schedule, Ramos made certain his abroad stint didn’t forestall him from representing the Philippines. In truth, he was the lone Gilas participant to see motion in the entire Fiba World Cup Asian Qualifier home windows.
The 6-foot-4 Ramos emerged as one of many prime gamers for Gilas Pilipinas with a median of 13.2 factors, 5.6 rebounds, 2.4 assists, and 1.6 steals in 5 video games throughout his World Cup debut in Manila two weeks in the past.
Gilas ended up solely having one win to point out within the World Cup after beating China in its last sport to complete twenty fourth within the international showcase however Ramos mentioned he realized a lot from the expertise.
“Within the World Cup, I actually ready a very long time for that so I used to be simply completely satisfied to see that every one of my preparations kind of type of performed out,” Ramos mentioned. “I believe that I actually performed nicely within the World Cup and I used to be actually getting ready for it. That’s one of many issues I used to be completely satisfied about. I want we gained extra video games however at the very least we gained one sport.”
Ramos vows to carry all his learnings in enjoying in opposition to the world’s finest gamers and groups in his second season with Hokkaido within the 2023-24 B.League season which ideas off subsequent month.
“Simply the expertise of enjoying in opposition to the very best gamers. Like every workforce performs a special means so that you type of have to acknowledge it shortly and learn to counter very quick. It was type of like getting ready for every sport. You learn to put together one sport at a time. After one sport, you put together for the following man, the following workforce. So you must put together shortly and be taught the whole lot quick,” Ramos mentioned. “I believe that’s one thing that would assist me within the B. League with so many groups, type of have to regulate shortly.”
Ramos can be excited to face his Gilas teammates like AJ Edu of Toyama and Kai Sotto of the Hiroshima Dragonflies in addition to pool members Ray Parks Jr. of the Nagoya Diamond Dolphins, Thirdy Ravena of the San-En NeoPhoenix, and Carl Tamayo of the Ryukyu Golden Kings.
“It’s at all times a superb factor after I go in opposition to fellow Filipinos as a result of it serves as further motivation that you really want the bragging rights of profitable,” he mentioned. “After all, I’ve a bonus of figuring out them however they in all probability additionally suppose that they’ve a bonus going in opposition to me. It in all probability cancels out however it’s simply good enjoying on the courtroom enjoying in opposition to one another right here in Japan, the B. League.”
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