MANILA, Philippines — Nationwide crew 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 subsequent a number of months, however his want to play for Gilas stays.
“At 25, I can’t say for positive what’s going to occur sooner or later however so long as I’m nonetheless enjoying at a excessive stage and my physique can maintain up, then I’m going to maintain on enjoying for the nationwide crew,” stated 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 positive his abroad stint didn’t forestall him from representing the Philippines. In actual fact, he was the lone Gilas participant to see motion in all the Fiba World Cup Asian Qualifier home windows.
The 6-foot-4 Ramos emerged as one of the top players 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 indicate within the World Cup after beating China in its closing recreation to complete twenty fourth within the international showcase however Ramos stated 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 happy to see that each one of my preparations form of sort of performed out,” Ramos stated. “I believe that I actually performed properly within the World Cup and I used to be actually making ready for it. That’s one of many issues I used to be completely happy about. I want we gained extra video games however a minimum of we gained one recreation.”
Ramos vows to deliver all his learnings in enjoying towards 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 towards the perfect gamers. Like every crew performs a special method so that you sort of have to acknowledge it shortly and learn to counter very quick. It was sort of like making ready for every recreation. You learn to put together one recreation at a time. After one recreation, you put together for the subsequent man, the subsequent crew. So it’s important to put together shortly and be taught every part quick,” Ramos stated. “I believe that’s one thing that would assist me within the B. League with so many groups, sort 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 an excellent factor once I go towards fellow Filipinos as a result of it serves as additional motivation that you really want the bragging rights of successful,” he stated. “In fact, I’ve a bonus of realizing them however they in all probability additionally assume that they’ve a bonus going towards me. It in all probability cancels out nevertheless it’s simply good enjoying on the courtroom enjoying towards one another right here in Japan, the B. League.”