The time is now for Gilas rookie Ray Parks: I’m ready

He maybe the youngest of the bunch, but fulfilling yet another dream is enough motivation for Ray Parks to shine with the Gilas senior team.

“It’s a blessing and a privilege truthfully,” said Parks after being named to the Gilas final 12.

“It was my mindset of coming back and making it to the team, and that’s one goal I achieved off of my bucket list right now,” he added.

Coming off an NBA D-League stint for the Texas Legends, Parks returned home for the off-season to heed the call of serving in the national team for the Olympic qualifiers.

The 23-year old Fil-Am guard got a strong consideration with his size and versatility, something that Baldwin has coveted in the international competition.

“We came a long way. A lot of great players came through and it’s great that we finally have the core of the team,” said Parks. “It’s sad to say that kuya Calvin and kuya LA are gone, but they’re still here proud of us and we’re fighting for them.”

With just a few days away from battling against some of the world’s best players, Parks has long been waiting for this opportunity and determined to show his real worth.

“I’m ready. This is what me and my trainer Tyrone Gordon wanted. My focus right now is about performing and making the most of this experience,” he closed. – By Jason Mercene

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