02 November 2015

Parks Jr. Got Drafted in the NBA-D-League

Bobby Ray Parks Jr.
By Brian Yalung
Manila Bulletin, 1 November 2015 (updated)

For those wondering on the whereabouts of former National University Bulldog Bobby Ray Parks, Jr., well he continues his journey of possibly making it to the NBA the long way.

Parks, Jr. took a chance joining the 2015 NBA Draft but went undrafted. He was invited by the Dallas Mavericks to play for their Summer League team and became the first Philippine-born player to play there.

He got the distinction as the first Filipino homegrown talent to showcase his skills in the NBA Summer League. He averaged 3.0 points and 1.7 rebounds in 10.5 minutes of play with the Mavericks.

Even the Mavericks' owner Mark Cuban is rooting for Parks, Jr. to make it to the big league.

"Absolutely, we're excited to have him," Cuban told NBA Philippines correspondent Rex Alba in an interview a couple of weeks before the NBA season opened.

Nothing had been heard of 6-foot-4 swingman, who also had stints in the PBA D-League for NU-Banco De Oro, NLEX Road Warriors and Hapee Fresh Fighters, until 1 November.

Parks was drafted 25th overall (6th pick in the second round) in the 2015 NBA D-League Draft by the Texas Legends, a team that is affiliated with the Dallas Mavericks. There were 290 players eligible to be selected tn the draft.

Jeff Ayres was the top pick of the 2015 NBA D-League Draft by the Idaho Stampede.

Other familiar names that were selected in the draft include that of Jimmer Fredette (selected 2nd by the Westchester Knicks) and Perry Jones III (selected 3rd by Iowa Energy), two players who are hoping to get another shot at making the NBA.

Fredette was released recently by the San Antonio Spurs while Jones got waived by the Boston Celtics.

Former NBA guard Nick Van Exel will be handling the Legends, replacing former head coach Eduardo Najera.

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