Sunday, September 23, 2012
Rey Rey Parks Is The First Possible Filipino in the NBA
Sheryl Reyes, a top agent who represents American imports for teams from all over the world, said she’s hooking up with several American colleagues to give the National University star an opportunity to showcase his wares stateside.
“My bet as to who among Filipino players has a chance of making it to the NBA is Ray Parks,” wrote Reyes in a text message to InterAKTV. “I will recommend him to my agents [in the US] and sponsor him for camps.”
The reigning UAAP Most Valuable Player led the Bulldogs to its first final four stint since 2001 with a victory over Far Eastern University on Sunday. Parks finished with 27 points, none more important than his go-ahead three-pointer in the final minute late in the game.
He is the son of seven-time PBA Best Import Bobby Parks, who was selected in the third round of the 1984 NBA draft before being cut by the squad before the start of the season.
The younger Parks has long harbored NBA dreams. “I’d want to be the first Filipino in the NBA,” he said in an interview last year prior to the start of his first UAAP campaign.
He spent the bulk of his teenage years in his father’s home state of Tennessee, where he developed into a top American high school prospect. He got the opportunity to play pickup basketball against former University of Memphis players who later made it to the in the NBA, such as Derrick Rose, Chris Douglas-Roberts, and Tyreke Evans.
He was recruited by several different American colleges and signed a letter of intent with the Georgia Tech, but chose to attend NU instead.