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Ray-Ray Parks declares for PBA Draft

After years of waiting, fans may finally see Ray-Ray Parks in the PBA. Mike Romero (file photo)
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA--After months and even years of speculations, Ray-Ray Parks finally decided to give the Philippine Basketball Association a try.

Parks, who has been a journeyman in his professional basketball career so far from the NBA G-League to the ASEAN Basketball League and to the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League, officially declared for the PBA Draft with four days left before the deadline of application.

The former National University standout and current Alab Pilipinas star first made his intent through a tweet on Thursday.
The league then posted a picture of him signing up for the draft in its website hours later.

Parks has been projected to be the second overall pick of the draft, with Blackwater already making its intent on drafting him with the said pick just as Columbian, the owner of the number one pick, already set its sights on CJ Perez.

Robert Bolick, who is projected to be selected early into the draft as well, also formalized his entry to the draft.

Meanwhile, Parks's fellow MPBL stars also made their PBA Draft plans known in an affirmative manner.

Batangas City's Bong Quinto and Teytey Teodoro, Manila's Kyles Lao, and Makati's Joseph Manlangit will join Parks, who played for Mandaluyong before returning to Alab ahead of the new ABL season, in the PBA Draft.

College basketball stars Mike Calisaan, MJ Ayaay, and JP Calvo also applied for the draft.

As of posting, 34 players formally declared for the draft, and the number is expected to skyrocket as the deadline draws near.

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