Dwight Ramos has decided to leave the nest of the Ateneo Blue Eagles and spread his wings in international shores.
The Filipino-American guard is set to take his talents to the vaunted Japan B. League after signing with the Toyama Grouses, the team announced on Friday (10 September).
"I am very excited to play in the city of Toyama, it is a dream to play in such a beautiful city and country in Japan," Ramos said in a statement.
"Basketball in Japan is growing every year and I’m very excited and grateful for the opportunity to play in such an amazing place."
The 23-year-old was initially committed to suit up for Ateneo in the collegiate scene, but a change of heart brought him to the professional circuit where he is expected to deliver the goods following his impressive performance with Gilas Pilipinas.
The 6-foot-4 stalwart displayed his all-around brilliance as he posted 13.8 points, 6.2 rebounds, 2.2 assists, and 2.0 steals per game in the 2021 FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers, where the Philippines went on a clean 6-0 sweep to clinch a berth in the continental meet.
Ramos aims to sustain his fine form once he sees action with Toyama, which is looking to make a championship run in the B. League following a fifth-place finish (39-21 win-loss record) last season.
"I hope to win a lot of games and bring pride to the city of Toyama together with my new teammates. I hope to see the fans at our games cheering for us all season," Ramos shared.
"The team made the playoffs last season, and I hope to contribute to a championship run this season."
Ramos has become the most recent addition to the growing list of Filipino hoopers in Japan, following the footsteps of Thirdy Ravena, Juan Gomez de Liaño, Javi Gomez de Liaño, Kiefer Ravena, Bobby Ray Parks Jr., Kemark Cariño and Kobe Paras.
Ohmer Bautista is a sports journalist who has covered local and international sporting events in the Philippines. The views expressed are his own.