Bobby Ray Parks Jr. watching the NU-UE game. Photo by Mark Cristino for ABS-CBNnews.com
MANILA, Philippines -- Former UAAP Most Valuable Player (MVP) Ray Parks could have played in the NBA Summer League this year, if not for a technical issue that rendered him ineligible.
Parks, who won two UAAP MVP trophies while playing for National University, spent the past few months in the United States and was called back by the Los Angeles Lakers for a workout, but did not make the team's Summer League line-up.
"It was not that I got cut off," Parks told reporters on Sunday after watching his former team play the University of the East in the UAAP. "It was really a technical issue."
"I got the invitation to play this year for Summer League, but since I was born in 1993, and my agent in the United States thought I was (born in) 1992, I didn't sign the early draft form, which made me ineligible for this year," he explained.
Parks said that by the time he got to the U.S., the deadline had expired for him to sign an early draft form.
"This year naman pwede akong (magpa-draft), pero late na eh," he said. "Kailangan ko mag-sign ng early draft form, eh pagdating ko na doon, nag-expire na."
But there is a silver lining for the former Bulldog since he still has "open invitation" for next year's Summer League.
Moreover, his experience in the United States has made him much better, Parks said.
"It was great, a really good experience, and at the same time, I got a lot better," he said.
The key for Parks now is to "get better" and stay in shape.
"I was really sharp going through my workouts, and I want to keep the same pace," he said. "I went down to 6.6% body fat, and had a 40-inch (leap), so I'm trying to keep that."