Gilas ace Dwight Ramos joined the parade of Filipino basketball stars for the Japanese B.League when it was announced Friday morning that he would be playing for the Toyama Grouses. (FIBA)

Gilas star Dwight Ramos became the latest Filipino to make the Japanese B.League when it was announced on Friday morning that he would play for the Toyama Grouses. This development means the versatile 6-foot-4 winger will no longer play for Ateneo in the UAAP. The 23-year-old had a huge impact on the men’s national basketball team, especially in the 2021 FIBA ​​Asia Cup qualifiers, where he scored averages of 13.8 points, 6.2 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 2 .0 steals per game shone as the Gilas remained undefeated in eight games.

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Ramos joins a Toyama squad who have high title ambitions after finishing fourth in the East District with a 43-16 win-loss record. They were eventually eliminated in the quarterfinals. Ramos is the ninth player to play in the B.League. After former Ateneo star Thirdy Ravena tried the water in 2020, eight more Filipino standouts have signed up to play in Japan’s professional league under the direction of NLEX star Kiefer Ravena, former University of the Philippines standouts Juan and Javi Gomez de Liano and Kobe Paras, formerly registered TNT stud farm Bobby Ray Parks and former Gilas Big Man Kemark Cariño. (JNP)

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