Parks says early success in PBA justifies long road leading up to big-league debut


Posted at May 25 2019 09:44 PM

So far, Ray Parks Jr. has shown that the long wait to get to the big league was worth it.

The Blackwater swingman has been nothing short of impressive in his first 2 games in the PBA.

This includes Parks’ recent performance against defending Commissioner’s Cup champion Barangay Ginebra, which his team beat 108-107 in overtime.

Parks told DZMM’s “Fast Break” on Saturday that he couldn’t have tasted success this early in his PBA career without the experience he gained by playing overseas.

“I stick by my decision that I became a better player by joining all those international leagues,” Parks said. 

“Playing in the NBA D-League, playing in the Summer League, playing in the (ASEAN Basketball League) for 3 years. All those experiences just made me better, and who I am today.”

It took him 6 years after leaving National University in the UAAP before he could step onto the PBA court.

Parks acknowledged that just like other players he wishes to play for bigger teams.

But he pointed out that he is grateful for Blackwater for picking him second overall in the 2018 PBA Draft.

“I’m privileged and glad na sila ang nag-draft sa akin. I could have ended 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 . . . Nagkataon lang po na I landed at Blackwater and they felt that I can help the program,” said Parks.

“I know naman all the players want to go to big teams and you’ll never know. But as of now my focus is on Blackwater and I’ll do my best to help them keep winning.”

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