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Parks to do a Standhardinger as he commits to Alab despite PBA Draft application

Despite joining the PBA Draft, Ray-Ray Parks will still be seeing action for Alab for the rest of the ABL season. ABL
By Ivan Saldajeno

STA. ROSA, Laguna--Alab Pilipinas' campaign in the ASEAN Basketball League has begun.

And so does the dilemma of many fans about its star local, Ray-Ray Parks.

Parks recently applied for the Philippine Basketball Association Draft, raising concerns as to how he will approach his current stint with Alab.

On Sunday night, he made the said approach known.

"I'm definitely committed to Alab right now and hopefully until May," Parks said after his ABL squad prevailed over CLS at the Sta. Rosa Multi-Purpose Sports Complex.

[Related Story: Alab pounces CLS to start bid for back-to-back ABL plums]

This implies that he will not be seeing action in the PBA until his stint in the ABL will be done like what former Eastern star Chris Standhardinger did before suiting up for San Miguel last season. In particular, he will miss the Philippine Cup in its entirety.

On why he opted not to join the PBA quickly, the 25-year-old Parks replied, "I wanna continue to just grow here and enjoy my teammates."

But another question surfaces: Will everyone see Parks in the draft proper on Sunday?

As it turns out, Alab will travel to Surabaya for a rematch with the Knights right on the same day.

"It's still up for my coach's (Jimmy Alapag) and my agent-slash-team-owner's (Charlie Dy) decision," Parks said about the schedule shakeup.

But with how Alab is made up now, Parks, who made 10 points, one rebound, two assists, one steal, and one block in the said win, believes his squad will repeat over CLS and even dominate the ABL season with or without him.

"The talent is off the charts... from the first man all the way to the 12th man. The pieces of the puzzle really are ridiculous. It brings so much to the table," Parks said. "This team is such great professionals, and they make the work easier in your sense. The professionalism of this organization is off the charts."

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