• Parks ready for another national team call-up

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    Bobby Ray Parks Jr. (No. 3).  CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

    Bobby Ray Parks Jr. (No. 3).
    CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

    Even though he didn’t show some flashes of brilliance in the recent FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament, combo guard Bobby Ray Parks Jr. said he is very much willing to play again for the country in the future.

    The 23-year-old son of the late former Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) seven-time best import was one of the 12 Gilas Pilipinas national team players during the Olympic Qualifying Tournament.

    “If asked to represent the country in future national team, I’m all for it,” Parks told The Manila Times in a message relayed by Filipino agent Charlie Dy on Sunday. “Basketball is universal and every game is an experience. Playing for the hometown crowd anywhere, anytime will always be a proud moment.”

    Gilas Pilipinas lost its two games against National Basketball Association-laden team France and New Zealand as Parks contributed three points, five rebounds and two assists against France (84-93), and one point, two assists and two rebounds against New Zealand (80-89).

    Besides having another possible stint in the NBA D-League, Parks has a lot of basketball options in his young career. He could apply in this year PBA Rookie Draft or join the Gilas cadet program. But he has not decided yet.

    Parks, last played for the Texas Legends in the National Basketball Association- Developmental League (NBA D-League) before joining the Gilas Pilipinas.

    “I’m resting for the meantime because I didn’t take a long break since I went to the US last year,” Parks added. “I’m still waiting for words from my US agent regarding my next plan.”

    Parks, a two-time Most Valuable Player in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines for National University, had played a couple of games for the Dallas Mavericks in last year’s NBA Summer League although he wasn’t drafted by any NBA teams in last year’s rookie draft.

    He was later selected 25th overall by the Texas Legends in the NBA D-League and finished the season averaging 4.6 points and 1.9 rebounds per game. The Legends, under coach Nick Van Exel, are an affiliated team by the Mavericks.

     JOSEF RAMOS

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