Ray Parks ready to go for another tour of duty with Gilas Pilipinas.

Paul Lintag on Jun 23, 2017 06:31 PM
Ray Parks ready to go for another tour of duty with Gilas
Back in the Gilas pool after cracking the lineup last year during the FIBA Olympic Quailifying Tournament, the former two-time UAAP Most Valuable Player with NU is ready to go for another run with the national team.

From Gilas Pilipinas to Alab Pilipinas and now, back to Gilas?

Ray Parks sure wouldn't mind.

Back in the Gilas pool after cracking the lineup last year during the FIBA Olympic Quailifying Tournament, the former two-time UAAP Most Valuable Player with NU is ready to go for another run with the national team.

"It feels great, just being able to represent your country. It's a blessing and an opportunity to play with great talent," Parks said Thursday in practice.

"I mean we're just playing the sport that we love. I appreciate coach Chot [Reyes] for giving the privilege and honor," he added.

After seeing action in the country's official representative to the Asean Basketball League last season, and even winning local MVP honors, the 24-year-old Parks made sure to make it known that he's all-in with Gilas.

While he already loved playing for the national team before, touring the Philippines and Southeast Asia as a member of Alab only strengthened Parks' desire to play for country.

"My commitment is definitely with the national team. Whenever my country calls upon my name, I'm ready to play," Parks told ABS-CBN Sports.

"Coming from Alab, it's a great experience. It's the same thing I was able to across the country and represent the Philippines too," he added.

With Gilas set to compete in at least three international tournaments for the next couple of months before the actual FIBA World Cup qualifers start, the young Parks is ready to put in the work to create a solid foundation for the national team.

"I just gotta come here, work hard, be disciplined and just give what the coaches ask for," he said.

"We haven't really been up and down yet so we're just trying to put a system in and a good foundation. We just wanna grow right now as a team and hold it down for those who are coming back," Parks addded.

 

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