JIMMY Alapag said he is no longer surprised with Bobby Ray Parks’ stellar start to his PBA career, leading Blackwater to the top of the standings of the Commissioner’s Cup.
Parks’ former coach at San Miguel Alab Pilipinas said Parks has improved leaps and bounds over the years that prepared him for the PBA wars.
“Not surprised,” said Alapag, currently an assistant coach of the San Miguel Beermen in the PBA. “Again, he has grown so much in the two years I’ve seen hm. He always has a great work ethic. I just think in terms of his leadership and just his experience playing against quality competition in the last few years only helped his growth.”
“I think it has prepared him for this time now making this start in the PBA. I’m happy for him,” said Alapag.
Parks has completely changed Blackwater so far this conference. The PBA rookie has scored 20 points or more in five of their first six games and has helped the Elite to a 5-1 card in the Commissioner’s Cup.
Alapag said Blackwater has definitely made strides thanks to Parks’ versatility.
“With Ray, again from my experience being around him, he is a big, strong kid who is really capable of playing multiple positions and guarding multiple positions. That’s really his biggest value for Blackwater. Coach Aris kinda move him around and use him as a ball handler, use him as a shooter, use him as someone who can post up just in a lot of different spaces.”
“I’m happy for him. I know it’s early but I think people can already see the value that he has brought to their team and I’m hoping that it will continue,” said Alapag.
Incidentally, Blackwater is set to face San Miguel in its next game on Friday. So far, Alapag said he is not yet thinking about that match-up.
“I’m just happy that he has enjoyed early success in his career. With his growth, work ethics, and his character, I’m hopeful that will continue not just this season but for the rest of his career,” said Alapag.