ADD one more amateur star that could make the 2013 PBA rookie draft worth looking forward to.
Two-time UAAP MVP and National University superstar Bobby Parks was the latest big name to indicate he is looking at joining the draft on November 3, adding his name to a growing list that includes seven-footer Greg Slaughter and 6-7 D-League best player Ian Sangalang.
“I think I’m eligible. The idea was brought up to light because it (PBA option) was actually there. It opened up another door, just like looking in and where this possibility could take us and see where that goes,” said the talented guard, who once came close to playing for US NCAA Division I team Georgia Tech.
The 20-year-old Parks, son of seven-time PBA best import awardee Bobby, is a 6-4 combo guard-forward who can post up, shoot from the outside, dish off, and play defense at the same time.
Parks led the UAAP in scoring last season with an average of 20.73 points. He was also second in steals at 1.47, third in assists at 4.40, and in the top nine in rebounds with 7.4 per game.
His entry could complicate matters for whichever team ends up owning the No. 1 pick in the draft since it may have to choose between an immense talent like Parks or a proven big man in Slaughter.
Parks, however, stressed that at the moment, his focus is on the coming UAAP season.
“I am not gonna overlook the coming UAAP season now. Yes, I have thought of that (PBA draft), but my main focus right now is to win a championship for NU,” said the second-generation cager.
“My mind is on the coming UAAP. I am not yet thinking beyond that.”
Parks said he will decide on whether to turn pro or not shortly after the UAAP men’s basketball tournament this October, or a few weeks before the draft.
“When I’m able to settle down with everybody, with the bosses, my parents, my family, and my coaches, I’ll just try to make a move after the season and see where the season goes from there and how it takes us,” he added.
Spin.ph has also learned from an NU source that Parks only signed a two-year commitment with the school and that the incoming junior is free to opt out at the end of the next UAAP campaign.
Aside from requiring pertinent documents from the Bureau of Immigration and the Department of Justice, the PBA's new eligibility rules require Fil-foreign players 25 years old or below to play in at least two conferences of the PBA D-League or the national team.
Parks has played for Norman Black's Sinag Pilipinas team that won the gold medal in the 2011 Southeast Asian Games and has also represented the country as part of the national 3-on-3 team that competed in the 2010 Youth Olympic Games in Singapore.