Ray Parks Jr. to play for Japan B. League’s Nagoya Dolphins

Beatrice Go
Ray Parks Jr. to play for Japan B. League’s Nagoya Dolphins

JAPAN-BOUND. Ray Parks joins Ravena brothers Thirdy and Kiefer and other Filipino basketball players in Japan.

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Ray Parks will see action with the fourth best team in the Japan's top tier basketball league

Bobby Ray Parks Jr. signed with the Japan B. League’s Nagoya Diamond Dolphins for the 2021-2022 season in the country’s top tier professional basketball league.

Nagoya announced on Tuesday, August 24, that Parks will be registered under the team’s Asian Player Quota.

“It is my honor and privilege to represent our team and I can’t wait to get out there and compete and do our best to bring home a championship to the city of Nagoya,” said Parks in the team’s announcement.

“I’m excited to meet my teammates, management, and most especially all the fans.”

The former TNT guard will officially join the team after he secures his medical clearance.

Parks joins basketball stars Thirdy Ravena, who plays for the San-en NeoPhoenix; and Kiefer Ravena, who finally got clearance from the PBA to play for the Shiga Lakestars.

Also pursuing a professional basketball career in Japan is Earth Friends Tokyo Z’s Juan Gomez de Liaño who will play in the league’s second division.

The top division B. League season is slated to kick off on September 30.

Nagoya finished fourth overall in the B. League 2020-2021 season standings with a 32-24 record.

The Diamond Dolphins, who play in the star-studded West Conference, are seeking their maiden title in the league. –

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Beatrice Go

More commonly known as Bee, Beatrice Go is a multimedia sports reporter for Rappler, who covers Philippine sports governance, national teams, football, and the UAAP. Stay tuned for her news and features on Philippine sports and videos like the Rappler Athlete’s Corner and Rappler Sports Timeout.