BOBBY RAY Parks and Chris Banchero make their much-awaited PBA D-League debut for separate teams on Tuesday in the Aspirants Cup at the Arellano University gym.
Parks, a two-time UAAP Most Valuable Player, suits up for the National University-backed Banco De Oro as the Bulldogs make their debut against Jumbo Plastic Linoleum at 12 p.m.
After playing for the San Miguel Beermen in the Asean Basketball League, Banchero joins the D-League and will try to lead Boracay Rum against Derulo Accelero at 2 p.m.
Banchero’s former coach at San Miguel is Parks’ father, the late former seven-time PBA Best Import Bobby Parks.
Parks will be joined by Cameroonian center Emmanuel Mbe as BDO parades the same NU squad that reached the Final Four as the top-seed in UAAP Season 76.
NU-BDO faces the Giants, who will have former Gilas member and ex-pro Jason Ballesteros in their roster.
Banchero, on the other hand, will join Boracay Rum after the Waves picked him first in the first-ever league draft.
Boracay Rum coach Lawrence Chongson hopes Banchero’s experience will lead to a victory against the Oilers.
“Chris has been a great energy guy and a positive influence to his teammates. He’s very coachable and very determined to help the team win,” said Chongson.
The Oilers are coming off a disappointing start to their campaign, losing an eight-point lead and bowing to Zambales M-Builders, 79-73.
In the third game, opening day winners Cagayan Valley and Zambales meet at 4 p.m., seeking the early lead in the standings
Don Trollano had a rousing debut with 22 points to help the Rising Suns pull off an 83-74 victory over Café France last week.