RAY Parks has yet to make up his mind on whether to join the PBA rookie draft this year, wait until next year or join the draft then wait until the end of the Asean Basketball League (ABL) in May before joining his PBA team.
Parks said he is leaving it up to his agent and San Miguel Alab Pilipinas team owner Charlie Dy to make the decision on joining the likes of CJ Perez of Lyceum and Robert Bolick of San Beda in the coming draft class.
“Tatanungin ko pa si boss Charlie,” said Parks in an interview with reporters following Tuesday’s ABL press launch. “I trust his decision on what is best for me. I’m definitely excited for the PBA, whether I put my name now or not. But I know for a fact that sooner or later, I’ll be there.”
Parks has the option to emulate Fil-German Christian Standhardinger, who applied for the draft last year while playing for the Hong Kong Eastern and, after he was picked No. 1 by San Miguel, waiting until the end of the ABL season before joining the Beermen.
When asked if he is open to doing the same thing as Standhardinger did, Parks said: “Possible din naman.
“Like I said, boss Charlie naman, he is very lenient with me na best position and he wants the best for me. Whether I’m playing in the ABL, then pa-draft or he says na next year, then I’ll trust him,” said Parks.
The 6-4 guard has until Dec. 3 to decide if he wants to join this year's PBA draft or not. That's the deadline set by the pro league for local applicants. The deadline for Fil-foreign rookie prospects is Oct. 26.
On the other hand, the start of the ABL campaign will also see the end of Parks' stint with Mandaluyong in the MPBL. Sources said Parks' contract with the team runs until December, but Alab's season will start with a Dec. 9 game against the CLS Knights.
The battle-scarred son of former PBA best import Ray Parks said he has more experience than your typical PBA rookie.
“I’ve joined every league and proven myself. I’m not coming into the PBA as a rookie to be honest. I’ve been playing for four, five years of pro already so I’m definitely excited for that level of competition to be at home and stable. It’s definitely a different competition,” Parks said.
For now, Parks will be suiting up for Alab Pilipinas where the two-time league MVP will be defending the crown with returning import Renaldo Balkman and PJ Ramos part of the roster.