Ray Parks Jr. on PBA: 'Sooner or later, I'll be there'

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Oct 16, 2018 07:50 PM
Ray Parks Jr. on PBA: 'Sooner or later, I'll be there'
Ray Parks Jr. believes he won't have any form of rookie jitters once he finally plays in the PBA (FILE PHOTO)

It has been five years since Ray Parks Jr. won his second straight MVP in his last year in the UAAP.

While his teammates and opponents from then are already in the PBA, the now 25-year-old is yet to get drafted there.

As such, even he has to acknowledge that when he does go to Asia’s first pay-for-play league at long last, he won’t be anybody’s typical rookie. “I feel like I’ve joined every other league and I’ve proven myself. I’m not coming into the PBA as a rookie,” he said in an interview in the Asean Basketball League’s preseason press conference for the 2018-2019 season on Tuesday at the Marriott Hotel in Pasay.

Indeed, there’s no way Parks Jr. has become rusty after stints in the PBA D-League, NBA D-League, Philippine national team, ABL, and Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League in the years following his UAAP exit.

Still, as with every other Filipino player, the PBA dream remains for the 6-foot-4 guard. As he put it, “I’m definitely excited for that level of competition and to be at home and to have something that’s stable.”

That doesn’t mean, however, that he is already throwing his name in the hat of this year’s PBA Draft. “Tatanungin ko pa si boss Charlie. I trust him naman sa decision niya and what he thinks is best for me,” he said, referring to agent Charlie Dy.

What is certain that Parks Jr. will be back in action for Alab Pilipinas as they try to defend their crown in the 2018-2019 ABL Season tipping off in November.

It shouldn’t be forgotten, however, that a year ago, Christian Standhardinger had already set a precedent by playing in the ABL and then still getting drafted in the PBA.

Asked if he would do the same, the two-time ABL Local MVP again played coy. “Oo nga e no? Galing ni Christian no,” he joshed around with reporters.

Standhardinger was the top overall pick in October 2017, but only made his PBA debut on May 2018.

He then continued, “Possible din naman. Pero and importante, I know si boss Charlie wants me in the best position so whether I’m playing in the ABL and then pa-draft (sa PBA) or he says na next year na, then I’ll just trust him.”

Whether it be this year or next, Parks Jr. said that he will definitely be playing in the PBA. As he put it, “On a serious note, I’m definitely excited for the PBA whether I’m coming in now or not. I know for a fact that sooner or later, I’ll be there naman.”

In the end, perhaps all Ray Parks Jr. is doing is proving that his PBA dream will never say die.

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