Parks Jr. not closing any doors on Gilas: ‘I’d love to represent my country’

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jan 24, 2017 06:17 PM
Parks Jr. on Gilas: ‘I’d love to represent my country’
THE CALLING. Ray Parks Jr. is willing to wear the flag anew if given the chance.

When the new pool for the Philippine national basketball team was announced, Ray Parks Jr. was busy trying to carry Alab Pilipinas over hot-shooting Hong Kong.

Just like how that game turned out, Parks Jr. also took an L from not being among the 24 names Gilas Pilipinas may call up once the first window in the FIBA Asia opens.

Bannered by Jayson Castro and June Mar Fajardo, the latest Philippine national basketball team will also feature young stars in Calvin Abueva, Mac Belo, and Terrence Romeo.

Parks Jr., a former two-time UAAP MVP and NBA D-League player, wasn’t on the list. For him, however, it was no surprise as he shared, “At the end of the day, I knew that would happen kasi ‘di naman ako nagpa-draft.”

The son of legendary import Bobby Ray Parks spent most of the last two years in the NBA D-League. In between, he served tour of duties for the national team in the 2015 SEABA Cup, 2015 SEA Games, and 2016 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament.

He then went on to say that he would have always skipped out on the PBA Draft to try his luck in the NBA D-League in pursuit of his NBA dream. “It was my choice to follow my dreams and if this is the penalty I take for it, then no regrets,” he expressed.

The 23-year-old even looked at his phone in front of reporters during the interview to see if he was contacted. After a quick check, however, he said, “Yup, still no call.”

Still, Parks Jr. said he is ready to suit up and wear the flag when he is indeed called upon. “I would love to represent my country. I’m ready whenever,” he said.

He then continued, “I’ll be surprised (to get the call), but I’ll answer the call.”

Whatever happens, the Filipino-American said he will always have the back of Gilas. “At the end of the day, those are great players (in the pool) and I’ll give it to them. I would love to see them represent the country,” he said.

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