FOLLOWING his stint in the Asean Basketball League (ABL), Ray Parks Jr. will be suiting up for Mandaluyong in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL), head coach Mac Cuan confirmed to SPIN.ph on Thursday.
The two-time ABL MVP will be joined by fellow San Miguel Alab Pilipinas players Lawrence Domingo, JR Alabanza, and Oping Sumalinog in the El Tigre roster, Cuan added.
Despite his impending stint in the MPBL, Cuan, who is also the assistant coach of Alab Pilipinas, believes Parks is very ripe to join the PBA draft this year after his impressive stint in the ABL.
“I will never tell him not to join the draft. Hinog na hinog na siya,” said Cuan.
Parks is coming off an impressive showing in the ABL, where he led Alab Pilipinas to its first-ever ABL crown by beating Mono Vampire Basketball Club in five games. He also won the Finals MVP award.
But with the 2018 PBA draft set in December, Parks can keep busy by playing for Mandaluyong in the MPBL.
Parks’ stint in the MPBL should also be a big boost for the fledging league, which has drawn 25 teams for the coming conference from 10 in the inaugural conference — the Anta-Rajah Cup.
Mandaluyong also gets a quality big in Domingo, who averaged 9.8 points and 6.9 rebounds for Alab in the recently-concluded season. Alabanza and Sumalinog were also key reserves in Alab’s title run this year.