IT’S going to be tough, but Japeth Aguilar said he believes Bobby Ray Parks has a decent shot at making the NBA as long as he continues to work hard on his game.
The Barangay Ginebra big man noted the 6-foot-4 Parks has a good all-around game, which he can further hone by hooking up with top-flight basketball trainers in the US.
“He (Parks) has all-around game. He’s a very decent player and he’s just what a coach wants because pretty much, he’s an all-around player,” Aguilar told Spin.ph upon learning that the former two-time UAAP MVP is eyeing to play in NBA, whose rookie draft is scheduled on June 25.
The 6-foot-9 Aguilar can relate to what Parks wants to achieve at this stage of his career, considering he himself pursued his NBA dream three years ago.
The power forward out of Ateneo and Western Kentucky Hilltopper tried entering the NBA via the back door when he applied for the NBA D-League Draft, where he emerged as the 109th overall pick (13th selection in the seventh round) by the Santa Cruz Warriors.
He was eventually one of more than 20 players who got cut by the Warriors on November 2012.
Aguilar has since decided to return here and continued his PBA career by way of GlobalPort, which acquired his rights after engaging in a trade with Talk ‘N Text.
The athletic big man was eventually shipped to Barangay Ginebra in 2013.
The slam-dunking Aguilar said even though Parks has accomplished a lot in college and in the amateur ranks, being a D-League MVP with Aspirants Cup champion Hapee, things are completely different as he tries to make history in the NBA.
“I know alam niya 'yung kailangan niyang gawin. Eh kahit sino namang player, kailangan tuluy-tuloy yung hardwork, tuloy 'yung grind. I know he knows what he needs to work on,” he added.
According to Parks’ agent Charlie Dy, the left-handed son of many-time PBA Best Import awardee Bobby Parks has been working out with renowned American skills trainer Christopher Thomas the past week in Indianapolis.
“Nagte-training siya sa US kay Christopher Thomas. And ngayon, may kasabay siyang nagte-train para sa NBA Draft,” said Dy, who is in constant communication with the 22-year-old Parks.
A US agent will then help connect the former National University star with some NBA teams in time for the 2015 Samsung NBA Summer League set from July 10-20 at the Thomas & Mack Center and Cox Pavilion inside the University of Nevada Las Vegas campus.