Bobby Ray Parks Jr. took the league by storm in his three seasons with the ASEAN Basketball League. As a second-generation basketball pro, Parks was one of the top prospects coming out of the Philippines when he entered the ABL. The then-24-year-old first joined the League in 2016 when he signed with Alab Pilipinas in the team’s debut season.
The 6’4” Parks would go on to have one of the most successful careers in ABL history. In his first year, Parks averaged 18.2 points while shooting 46% from the field over 21 games. The young Parks showed that he was indeed a star as he claimed his first Local MVP trophy that season. Unfortunately, Parks and Alab would fall short against the Singapore Slingers in the semifinals.
The following season, the Filipino-American guard returned to Alab Pilipinas looking for redemption. Despite having a slow start in their new campaign, Parks helped lead Alab to the third-seed in the ABL standings.
Along with midseason additions Renaldo Balkman and Justin Brownlee, Parks and Alab reached the 2018 ABL Finals. It was in this stage that Parks’ star shined the most.
In a 5-game foray, Parks averaged 22.4 points and 5.6 rebounds while shooting 51.4%. His stellar Finals performance helped propel Alab to the title and allowed him to receive the nod for Finals MVP.
Bobby Ray Parks Jr. last played in the ABL in April of 2019. In just 3 seasons, Parks has already collected 3 Local MVP awards, a Finals MVP trophy, and an ABL title.
With his stacked resume, there is no doubt that Ray Parks deserves to be among the ABL’s greatest players of all-time.
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