Parks attends pre-draft workout with Utah Jazz


Bobby “Ray” Parks Jr., the son of the late seven-time Philippine Basketball Association Best Import Bobby Parks Sr., attended a pre-draft workout of the National Basketball Association (NBA) with the Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City on Tuesday.

“I think I did alright. There are many talents out there and I just really want to do what I can do which is to work hard. Just energy. Being a tall guard that can play one and the two spots,” Parks, 22, said in an interview posted in the Utah Jazz website.

The two-time University Athletic Association of the Philippines Most Valuable Player said that he would give his best to contribute to any team that would enlist him.

“But for the most part, just be a leader and energize the team.”

“I hope I can bring that to the next level and I hope teams would see that. And anything on offense—I can knock down open shots, get layups.”

The former National University (NU) small forward is also scheduled to attend workouts with the Brooklyn Nets, Dallas Mavericks, Boston Celtics and Atlanta Hawks.

Parks, who was born to a Filipino mother, also played in the PBA Developmental League as a member of NU-Banco De Oro in 2011, Northern Luzon Expressway in 2014 and Hapee Fresh Fighters in 2014, before deciding to pursue his NBA dreams in the US.

He also represented the country in the Southeast Asian Basketball Association Championship as well as in the FIBA Asia Men’s Championship qualifier.

During the interview, Parks also discussed his last days with his father when he went home to the Philippines.

“It was worth it, to be there until his dying seconds, it was a blessing for me. Basketball, career-wise, I still have the opportunity. I’m here now working out for Utah so it’s a blessing.”

Parks’ late father was a popular import of the defunct Shell Turbo Chargers during the early 1980’s and middle 1990’s. He was known for his sleek moves, accurate shooting, passing, defense and leadership while playing alongside Rookie-MVP winner Benjie Paras and Ronnie Magsanoc.

Parks Sr. was drafted 58th overall in the third round by the Atlanta Hawks in 1984 but never made the cut.


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