MANILA, Philippines – Two-time UAAP Most Valuable Player Bobby Ray Parks Jr. will most likely be back for the National University (NU) Bulldogs next season even as he is rumored to be receiving attention from NBA teams.
Parks led the Bulldogs to the Final Four this season, wherein they lost to the University of Sto. Tomas (UST) Growling Tigers. He won his second straight MVP plum, edging UST's Karim Abdul in a close contest.
"Nothing is set in stone, but we'll see. Most likely for now, I'll be back," Parks said.
It was rumored last month that Parks drew interest from two NBA teams, who were contemplating giving him an invitation to training camp.
But Parks said he has some unfinished business in the UAAP.
"Hopefully, we can make it to the Finals (next season). That's the biggest goal," he said. "We gotta make it to the Final Four first, and do well, but probably, this year wasn't our time."
"Next year hopefully we can do better and have a better team," he added.
Parks averaged 21.4 points, 7.2 rebounds, 4.4 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.3 turnovers per game in Season 75, but he plans on improving all aspects of his game even more.
"Next year, I'll be playing more of the point, so that will be huge. Just to improve on all aspects, especially defense," he said. "Towards the latter part of the season, I couldn't play so much on defense because I was trying to save my legs."
"I will just work more on that and try to become a better player over-all," Parks added.
Parks is planning on going to the United States this off-season to workout with NBA trainer John Lucas in Houston.