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    Blackwater won't think twice about drafting Parks if he's available at No. 2

    Nov 7, 2018
    PHOTO: Jerome Ascano

    RAY Parks has yet to apply for the upcoming 2018 PBA Rookie Draft, but Blackwater won't think twice about picking the do-it-all wingman if given the chance.

    Set to pick second in the annual rookie draft, the Elite made it clear they won't pass up the chance to take someone as talented as Parks, especially now that Columbian is locked in on CJ Perez with the No. 1 pick overall.

    "Yes, we'll take him if he's there," Blackwater governor Silliman Sy shared to Spin.ph.

    There's still a lot of mystery surrounding Parks' PBA plans, five years since he last played in the collegiate level with National University back in 2013.

    If the 25-year-old second-generation star does enter the draft, he likely won't play in the PBA immediately as he has earlier expressed his desire to help San Miguel Alab Pilipinas in its Asean Basketball League (ABL) title defense.

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      The set-up is similar to the path taken by Christian Standhardinger, who was selected No. 1 in the 2017 PBA Draft but did not join San Miguel until March after finishing off his obligations with Hong Kong Eastern in the ABL.

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      Blackwater, though, is willing to play that waiting game knowing full well the worth of Parks.

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      "He'll definitely be a big boost for us in many ways," said Sy. "He's a big boost to our fan base, and will also give us the star we need."

      Parks' success in the PBA, Sy said, will depend on his ability to adopt to the culture the Elite have been trying to develop under coach Bong Ramos - one evident in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup where the team finished fifth.

      With no clear-cut go-to guy, Blackwater has unearthed revelations in Nard Pinto, Mike DiGregorio, and Paul Zamar while also drawing huge contributions from JP Erram and Allein Maliksi, both of whom earned invites to the national team pool.

      "Coach Bong is more into playing as a team. So we hope that in the event that we get him, he could adapt to coach Bong's system," Sy said.

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