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    Ray Parks not entering PBA draft yet, keeps focus on stints with Alab, Gilas Pilipinas

    Sep 4, 2017

    FOR RayRay Parks, the PBA can at least wait for another season.

    The former two-time UAAP MVP made it clear his priority at the moment is to play for one more season with the Alab Pilipinas team in the ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) and with Gilas Pilipinas, ending any notions about him entering this year's PBA draft.

    Final day of submission of draft application for Fil-Am players is until September 4, while local born players have until October 12 to apply for the Oct. 29 draft.

    "I'm not in this year's draft," said Parks shortly after Gilas was honored by the PBA at halftime of the Barangay Ginebra-Star Governors’ Cup game Sunday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

    "Full play now is be with Alab and with the national team. So I guess right after Alab I'll figure out the next move."

    The 6-foot-4 guard is projected as a possible top 3 pick if he ever considers joining the draft next month.

    Parks won MVP honors in last season's ABL where Alab reached the semifinals only to lose to the Singapore Slingers.

    Obviously, the 24-year-old son of the late legendary PBA import Bobby Parks wants another shot at a championship now with retired cage great Jimmy Alapag calling the shots for the team.

    "Right now I'm just busy and will do whatever is best for my family, whatever is the best move and best place for me and my family," said the former National University star player. "That's where I want to be right now."

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    Eventually, Parks knows he'll be in the PBA, but definitely not now.

    "The PBA is a great, prestigious league, and I see myself being there soon," he said.

    "But right now, Alab is the best move for me."

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