Ramos inks with Japanese club

Ramos inks with Japanese club

MANILA, Philippines — Gilas cager Dwight Ramos has joined the fast-growing list of Filipino cagers set to bring their act in Japan following his decision to sign with the Toyama Grouses in the B. League.

Ramos and Toyama announced the deal yesterday, making him the eighth Pinoy committed to play in the B. League, which opens shop next month.

He’s joining Thirdy Ravena (San-En NeoPhoenix), Kiefer Ravena (Shiga Lakestars), Ray Parks Jr. (Nagoya Diamond Dolphins), Kobe Paras (Niigata Albirex BB) and Javi Gomez de Liaño (Ibaraki Robots) in the B. League Division I. Juan Gomez de Liaño (Earthfriends Tokyo Z) and Kemark Cariño  (Aomori Wat’s) are in Division II.

“It is my dream to be able to play in the beautiful city of Toyama and Japan, and I am looking forward to it. Japanese basketball is developing year by year and I am very excited and grateful for the opportunity to play on that wonderful stage,” said Ramos.

The 6-foot-4 guard is expected to add firepower to an already loaded Toyama squad coming from a fifth-place finish in the 20-team field last season.

Ramos, 23, initially committed to play for the Ateneo Blue Eagles in the UAAP before opting to forego his eligibility and go pro instead.

With the UAAP and other collegiate leagues still on hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Ramos instead made his Philippine debut with Gilas in the FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers.

He anchored the Nationals to a 6-0 sweep to advance in the Asia Cup on averages of 13. 8 points, 6.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 25 minutes of action.