BOBBY Ray Parks has embraced his new role as lead point guard of Hapee Toothpaste in the PBA D-League Aspirants Cup.
A natural scorer who usually played the two spot from his days with National University in the UAAP, Parks has been tasked to quarterback the Fresh Fighters in a role shift that has benefited the unbeaten D-League newcomer.
Hapee coach Ronnie Magsanoc noted the 6-foot-4 Parks, a prospective top pick in next year’s PBA draft if and when he makes himself available, is starting to play like a true point guard, making a conscious effort to share the ball while still showing off his individual talent and skills.
“Wala akong masabi kay Rayray,” said Magsanoc. “Lahat ng sakripisyo, ginagawa niya eh, not just to highlight his game but to make his teammates better. Sa lahat, siya ang pinaka-consistent sa team.”
So far, Parks is averaging 14.8 points, 7.4 rebounds, and 3.2 assists for the Fresh Fighters, enough for Magsanoc to give the two-time UAAP Most Valuable Player a satisfactory mark as a point guard.
“More or less, na-eembrace na niya ‘yung point guard mentality,” said Magsanoc.
The Hapee coach is also impressed with how Parks willed himself to play in the Fresh Fighters’ final game before the Christmas break despite an injury.
Magsanoc disclosed Parks got injured in practice before Hapee’s game against MP Hotel. But the son of the late legendary import Bobby Prks played on, compiling 18 points, six rebounds, and two assists in Hapee’s 84-63 rout of Manny Pacquiao’s team.
“Tumama nga ‘yung likod niya sa practice. Hindi dapat siya maglalaro. Buti naglaro kasi hindi siya makalakad kahapon,” said Magsanoc.