Where will Parks Jr. be next Sunday? Alab game or PBA Draft?

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Dec 10, 2018 12:51 PM
Where will Parks Jr. be next Sunday? Alab game or PBA Draft?
Ray Parks Jr. has to be in two places at once on December 16

Five years after his storied collegiate career, Ray Parks Jr. has finally thrown his name into the hat that is the 2018 PBA Draft.

And so, at long last, the professional league and its fans will now be witnesses to the tantalizing talent of the 6-foot-4 swingman. “Yung pangalan ko, nasa draft, for sure. Let’s see how that goes,” he told reporters just a week before the rookie selection process on December 16.

Whether or not Parks Jr. will be there on draft day itself, however, is yet to be determined. “I know we do have a game next week. It’s my coach and my agent-slash-team-owner’s decision where I’ll be next Sunday,” he said, referring to head coach Jimmy Alapag and team owner Charlie Dy, both of Alab Pilipinas.

Yes, on the same day of the 2018 PBA Draft at the Robinsons Place Ermita, Alab has a matchup with the CLS Knights set to be played in Indonesia – and at present, where he would be remains the question.

Of course, the now 25-year-old said that just being part of the rookie selection process is already an honor. “To be honest, I don’t know what’s gonna happen, but I’m excited,” he shared.

He then continued, “I’m blessed to be part of this draft – and just to make it to the PBA. Like I said, the PBA is a great, prestigious league. I’ll be excited to contribute wherever I go there.”

While he is penciled in to be one of the top two picks in the 2018 PBA Draft, Parks Jr. plans to play out his third year with the Filipino representatives in the Asean Basketball League.

In doing so, he will follow in the footsteps of Christian Standhardinger who began the ABL season with Hong Kong, got drafted first overall by San Miguel in the last year’s PBA Draft, finished up Eastern’s campaign, and only made his debut with the Beermen in the Commissioner’s Cup.

Whatever happens next Sunday, Parks Jr. reiterated that he is here to stay with Alab in their ongoing season. As he put it, “I’m definitely committed to Alab – hopefully, until the Finals. I wanna continue to grow here.”


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