TAKE it from someone who dared try.
On Wednesday, Alab Pilipinas star Bobby Ray Parks showed his full support to teen prodigy Kai Sotto's desire to become the first homegrown Filipino player in the NBA.
And he has one advice for the 17-year old, who is set to decide over the summer on whether to accept offers from European club teams or stay put.
"Should send him overseas ASAP," Parks said in a tweet.
Parks, of course, knows where he is coming from.
The son of the late seven-time PBA best import Bobby Parks embarked on a US journey at the end of his UAAP career with National University to chase his NBA dream.
The two-time UAAP MVP went undrafted in the 2015 NBA Rookie Draft but got an invitation to play for the Dallas Mavericks' team in the Summer League.
Parks got as far as the NBA D-League (now G-League), where he was drafted in the second round by the Texas Legends. He played in 32 games with the Legends, averaging 4.6 points and 1.9 rebounds.
So what does all that tell us?
Just one thing: Kai, listen to Ray.