Parks earns rave from Nets official despite getting hit in face at draft workout

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By Ivan Saldajeno

EAST RUTHERFORD--An accidental elbow to the face cut short Ray-Ray Parks' pre-draft workout at the Brooklyn Nets' practice facility on Tuesday, but Player Personnel Director Gregg Polinski still found Parks' performance impressive.

In a report by NBA Philippines' Alder Almo, Polinski told Almo's fellow NBA Philippines correspondent Jay Romero, “I thought he did well".

Polinski added, "He’s got good size for a point guard. He knows how to play. He plays with good pace. He got really good quickness and he can make enough jump shots to keep the defense on."

He also revealed that they researched the former UAAP MVP, leading to the decision to invite Parks to the workout.

Polinski confessed, “We have watched him on video. Obviously, he’s had a successful career, following his father’s footsteps over in the Philippines. He’s left handed and has good size. We knew about him that he was coming from high school and was to attend Georgia Tech and made the decision to play in the Philippines. So he’s still a young guy and he’s a player to follow. But I thought today, he played well in this workout. He handled the ball and made some good decisions. He showed he had pretty basketball savvy and those are the things we’re looking for.”

He also said that Coach Lionel Hollins got some knowledge of Parks when he was still the coach of the Grizzlies, the NBA team of Parks' hometown Memphis.

Polinski added, “I think coach Hollins knew about Bobby Ray because he was in Memphis so he knew about him, his background so it all kind of work together.”

With Parks' workout abruptly ended by the accident, Brooklyn will give Parks another look.

“We will, obviously, take a look and see what happens down the road. If there’s an opportunity to have him back, we’ll take a look at that amongst the few other players who has not worked out. There are a lot of things that need to come together but Bobby for sure is a guy you should keep on your list,” Polinski said.