RAY Parks will be have an “immediate impact” on whatever team he gets picked to in the upcoming Gatorade PBA Draft.
This was the assertion of San Miguel Alab Pilipinas head coach Jimmy Alapag, who’s in Cebu to promote the Alab’s January 6 game versus the Wolf Warriors over at the Hoops Dome in Lapu-Lapu City.
Team owner, Charlie Dy, Gilas Cadet team manager and the event’s organizer Andrew Teh and former Alab wingman, Dondon Hontiveros, joined him at the press conference.
With Parks finishing the ABL season first before he suits up in the PBA, Alapag assured that the wait would be worth it for the team that picks the 6-foot-4 guard.
“Whichever team that is smart enough to get him, he will have an immediate impact on that team,” said the man known as the “Mighty Mouse.”
Alab is coming off a 94-67 demolition of the CLS Knights, a win made even more impressive by the fact that they were able to keep their opponent’s world imports in check.
“For us to hold them to 67 points is really impressive. I’m impressed more with the effort defensively,” Alapag said.
With 7-foot-3 center PJ Ramos manning the middle and forward Renaldo Balkman doing it all, Alapag said there’s just a different dynamic to this year’s team even with just two world imports, one less than what the league actually allows.
“With PJ Ramos in the middle, it gives us a dominating presence in the middle,” shared Alapag. “And the reason why we just have two imports is that we believe so much in the local talent that we have,” he added.
Still, Alapag and Dy are not shutting the door on a return by last year’s import, Justin Brownlee.
“Right now, Justin is resting. It’s been a long year for him so pahinga siya muna. I’m aware that there are other opportunities being offered to him abroad but his heart is with the Philippines. Right now, he just wants to spend time with his family and kids,” remarked Alapag.
Alapag also added that although their opponent for the Cebu game is at the bottom of the standings with a 0-7 win-loss record, he isn’t taking them lightly.
“I was quite familiar with the imports they had but they changed all of them so I have some more homework to do in time for that game,” he stated.