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The San-en NeoPhoenix became the first team in the B. League to take advantage of the league’s new roster spot for Asian players when they announced the signing Wednesday of Filipino phenom Thirdy Ravena.

The rule is one of several changes regarding import players the league announced last fall for the 2020-21 season. Japan’s professional basketball circuit is hoping to use the rule to grow its presence in Asia as it approaches its fifth season.

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