— ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) September 12, 2018
Another day, another highlight from the Philippines of my favorite UAAP player, Ateneo Blue Eagle star Thirdy Ravena.
Thirdy used to be known as the little brother of PBA All-Star Kiefer Ravena or the son of former PBA Rookie of the Year Bong Ravena or “the other Ravena.” Now, not only has he stepped out of their shadows, he’s now being compared to a NBA All-Star.
It’s not just the way he attacks the rim that has people calling him the “Westbrook ng Pilipinas.” He’s 6’2″ with a zero on his back and a knack for getting boards over bigger defenders.
Thirdy Ravena with the putback dunk in between 3 defenders! #UAAPSeason81
— Ballislife.com (@Ballislife) September 9, 2018
Nice, but where’s the explosiveness that we associate with Westbrook?
Here’s the UAAP season 80 Finals MVP throwing down a vicious dunk that’s worthy of being labeled Westbrook-like.
He’s also had a few impressive highlights on the defensive end too. Check out this backboard slap and block on Japan’s Takuma Sato and volleyball slap on Ron Dennison.
If you aren’t a fan yet, watch this 2017 highlight reel and best dunks compilation.
If you still aren’t a fan, maybe this video of his basketball journey will convert you. If it doesn’t, at least you now know his name.