MANILA, Philippines — Filipino-American basketball player Ray "Bobby" Parks, Jr., who was earlier groomed to play for the National University (NU) Bulldogs, has already signed up with Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) in the US.
"We're very happy to welcome Ray to our program… He's a combination guard who is an excellent three-point shooter, and he has improved rapidly over the last 6 to 9 months with his point guard play,” head coach Paul Hewitt said in the school's official athletics website.
Parks is the son of 7-time Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Best Import, Bobby Parks. He has been NU's most precious recruit, powering the team to win the University Games basketball title in Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental late October.
The 6’3” lad also played on the All-Asian team in the 2010 Nike Global Challenge in Oregon and for the Philippine National Team in 3-on-3 basketball in the 2010 Youth Olympic Games in Singapore.
Parks even trained with the Smart Gilas Pilipinas Team last July, impressing team manager Frankie Lim.
“Ray is good. He’s preparing for college but it will be good for the national team if we could keep him,” the San Beda coach said.
Hewitt said Georgia Tech felt ecstatic to have Parks in their team.
“He made a very positive impression on everybody around our program, and we feel fortunate to have had him sign with us during the early signing period,” he said.
The senior high school cager, who speaks fluent Tagalog, was born in the Philippines by a Filipina mother.
Parks and his family moved to Memphis, Texas, where he started playing hoops at the age of 13. — With reports from Dennis Guillermo of Examiner.com