NU's Parks draws interest from 2 NBA teams

By Joey Villar, The Philippine Star

Posted at Sep 24 2012 05:25 PM | Updated as of Sep 25 2012 07:06 PM

MANILA, Philippines -- National U's Bobby Ray Parks, Jr. has joined Japeth Aguilar in pursuit of becoming the first full-blooded Filipino to play in the NBA.

Bobby Parks, Sr., Bobby Ray's father, yesterday told The STAR there are two NBA teams interested in inviting his son to attend separate training camps in the United States right after the ongoing 75th UAAP season.

"I can't say until they make it official but we're drawing interest from the NBA," said Parks, the former seven-time PBA Best Import who is coaching the San Miguel Beermen in the ASEAN Basketball League.

Parks said they have plans of working out with John Lucas' basketball and training camp in Houston after the UAAP season.

"We're looking at possible workouts with John Lucas after the UAAP," said Parks. "John Lucas has a training school in Houston, mostly for NBA and European players who are preparing to enter the draft.

"Usually, NBA teams listen to him analyze players to see if they are ready or what they need to work on," he added.

The 19-year-old Parks, who is expected to bag his second straight Most Valuable Player award in the UAAP, signed a letter of intent to play for US NCAA Division I school Georgia Tech before ending up in NU Bulldogs uniform.

Aguilar, for his part, held another private workout, this time with Tom Sellers, a scout of the New Orleans Hornets, in news that came out of popular baksetball website recently.

"Filipino forward Japeth Aguilar had a workout with Hornets' scout Don Sellers in attendance, agent Chris McGarry told HoopsHype," said HoopsHype's official Twitter account.

It was the second invitation by Aguilar, former Ateneo, Smart Gilas and Talk N' Text player, since gracing a workout hosted by Western Conference teams including the San Antonio Spurs.

Aguilar has also attended a try-out of the Bakersfield Jam, an NBA D-League affiliate of the the Toronto Raptors, Los Angeles Clippers, Atlanta Hawks and Phoenix Suns, made a big impression and drew offers from leagues from China, Canada and the Harlem Globetrotters.

Aguilar will also reportedly attend a tryout by another D-League team, the LA D-Fenders late this month, according to personal trainer Leo Balayon, who told Yahoo Sports Philippines recently.

Both Parks and Aguilar, who attended US NCAA Division I's Western Kentucky, are racing to become the first Filipino to play in the NBA.