Bobby Ray Parks, Jr. arrived in the country, almost unnoticed, on Tuesday for vacation.
While in the country, the former 2-time UAAP MVP is planning to join the Gilas practices when it resumes in mid-May according to his agent Charlie Dy.
“Sa ngayon wala pa siyang pinagpapa-praktisan. Bakasyon lang muna talaga. Pero pag nag-resume na ang Gilas practice, sasali siya,” Dy told FOX Sports.
Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) President Manny V. Pangilinan welcomed the development but leaves up everything to Gilas coach Tab Baldwin.
“That’s what I’ve heard too but I have yet to confirm yet with coach Tab (Baldwin). I’ll talk to him about it. He’s (Parks) welcome to join the Gilas pool but as to whether he makes it to the final 12, it’s really up to coach Tab,” said Pangilinan in a separate interview with FOX Sports.
Gilas is set resume its training for the FIBA Olympic Qualifiers next month after the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals.
Parks, Jr. who was the first homegrown talent to play in the NBA Summer League with the Dallas Mavericks is coming off his rookie season in the NBA D-League.
Drafted 25th overall, the son of former 7-time PBA Best Import Bobby Parks started as the last man off the bench but worked his way up to the regular rotation and become a regular fixture in the Texas Legends’ second unit. He punctuated his first season under the the Mavericks’ affiliate team with a back-to-back double digit scoring game.
Barely 24 hours after he scored a career-high 16, Parks, Jr. pumped in 13 in their final game hitting 6 of a season-high 15 attempts and added 5 rebounds and 1 steal.
Parks, Jr. had adecent average of 4.6 points and 1.9 rebounds in 13.3 minutes for the Legends, who finished 23-27, good for third spot in the Southwest Division.
At Gilas pool, he will be reunited with his teammates led by Kiefer Ravena in the Sinag Pilipinas team that snagged the 2013 SEABA gold. – By Alder Almo
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