Gilas Pilipinas pool player and San Beda center Kemark Cariño became the latest Filipino player to take his act to Japan, after signing with the Aomori Wat’s in the second division of Japan’s B.League.
Cariño will follow the footsteps of Thirdy Ravena and brothers Javi and Juan Gomez de Liano.
The 23-year-old Cariño will join an Aomori team that finished last in the B.League second division, with only seven wins in 58 games.
He is the most recent Filipino cager to be signed under the B.League’s Asian Player Quota, which allows teams to sign foreigners from Asia.
Javi Gomez de Liano will play for the Ibaraki Robots, while younger brother Juan will play for Earthfriends Tokyo Z of the B.League’s second division. Ravena completed his first season with the San-En Neophoenix of the B.League’s top division.
Cariño suited up for Gilas Pilipinas in the second window of the FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers in Bahrain last November. He also proudly worn the red and white jersey of San Beda in the NCAA for three years.
In the second window of the 2021 FIBA Asia Cup qualifiers in Manama, Bahrain, Cariño averaged 3.0 points and 3.0 rebounds in 13 minutes against Thailand.