AFTER a brief stay in California, former Southwestern University standout guard Jasper Parker is ready to give his basketball dreams another shot, this time with reigning UAAP champion Far Eastern University.
Parker suited up for the Cobras back in 2014 and teamed up with Macmac Tallo to lead the Visayas powerhouse squad to the Cesafi championship. However, after academic issues forced the heady 5-foot-9 guard to sit out the 2015 season, Parker decided that his time in Cebu was through and returned to the US.
Now, he finds himself in Morayta where he hopes to prove his worth in a loaded Team B squad that also features former Ateneo players Arvin Tolentino and Hubert Cani.
“Well, I mean I still have love for my Southwesterners but I just think that this choice will be better for me. I like the program and I know Coach Nash (Racela) is a great coach,” said Parker in a talk with SPIN.ph.
“The system that they run is definitely something I'm comfortable with and it's actually pretty much the same plays that we would run in SWU. But I just think the exposure would be better for me to make a name for myself,” he added.
While Parker is already accustomed to transitioning from one place to another, he admitted that the language barrier is proving to be the biggest challenge for him this time around.
“Yes I've already played in a couple games and the transition isn't anything that I'm not used to already. The only thing I would say is different is the dialect that they speak here since I'm not around my Visayans anymore,” Parker said with a laugh.
Parker also shared that he honestly thought he was not going to come back to the Philippines anymore, but the itch to reach the country’s professional league — the PBA — proved to be hard not to scratch.
“Yeah I was there for a while and honestly I didn't even think I was going to be coming back. But in the back of my head, I knew that this would be something that could possibly be a better future for me so I had to take the opportunity again before it wouldn't be there for me anymore,” said Parker.