Gilas standout Dwight Ramos is taking a huge leap of his budding career after signing a deal to play for Toyama Grouses in the 2021-22 Japan B.League season, Friday, September 10.

/ 11 September 2021

The 23-year-old hotshot has finally decided to turn pro, forgoing two years of eligibility with the Ateneo Blue Eagles.

The team announced the development on Friday, the same moment Ramos revealed the development on Instagram, making him the eighth player to take his talent to the Land of the Rising Sun. 

“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,” he said in a statement. 

“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,” he continued.

Ramos, who committed to join the Ateneo Blue Eagles in 2019, made waves for the national team, Gilas Pilipinas, in the 2021 Fiba Asia Cup qualifiers.

Ramos averaged 13.8 points on 46-percent in the 3-point shooting alongside 6.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 25.3 minutes to lead the Philippines to a clean 6-0 sweep of Group A and secured a spot in the continental tourney. 

Ramos will be joining the Grouses that finished fourth in the East District with a 43-16 record. The team eventually bowed out to the Ryukyu Golden Kings in the hard-fought three-game quarterfinals.

Ramos will buff up the firepower of the squad that also finished ranked fifth in three-point shooting (37%) and tied for sixth in assists (20.7).

“The team made the playoffs last season, I hope to contribute to a championship run this season. Basketball in Japan is growing every year and I’m very excited and grateful for the opportunity to play in such an amazing place,” Ramos shared. 

There, the 6-foot-4 guard will play with Division 1 fellow Filipinos Thirdy Ravena (San-En NeoPhoenix), Kiefer Ravena (Shiga Lakestars), Javi Gomez de Liaño (Ibaraki Robots), Ray Parks Jr. (Nagoya Diamond Dolphins), and Kobe Paras (Niigita Albirex BB).

Set to see action in the B.League’s second division are Juan Gomez de Liaño (Earth Friends Tokyo Z) and Kemark Cariño (Aomori Wat’s).