Ray Parks joins Gilas Pilipinas practice for the first time
MANILA, Philippines — Bobby Ray Parks Jr participated in the Philippine national men's basketball practice when it resumed Wednesday, May 18 at the Meralco Gym in Pasig.
It is the first time the 23-year-old athletic guard joins practice after he was included in Tab Baldwin's pool from which the head coach will select the final Gilas Pilipinas 12 to play in the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament from July 5 to 10 here.
Parks, a former two-time UAAP MVP with National University, is fresh off his stint with the Texas Legends in the NBA D-League, where he averaged 4.6 points, 0.8 assists, and 1.9 rebounds in 13.3 minutes over 32 games.
Parks was part of the Gilas cadets squad that bagged gold in the 2015 SEABA Championship, where he was also named MVP.
He likewise helped the Philippine team win gold medals in the 2011 and 2013 Southeast Asian Games.
This is the first national team practice in over a month since they took a break for the PBA playoffs. Naturalized import Andray Blatche, who reportedly is taking time off to tend to his ailing mother, is expected to arrive some time next week, according to team manager Butch Antonio. He did not specify the date of his arrival. — Rappler.com