North Point graduate Parks wins titles
North Point graduate claims Angolan Cup, League titles
Whether it was at the high school or college level, Robyn Parks always showed her versatility on the basketball court.
The 2010 North Point High School graduate continues to do that now as a professional, but the only difference is that she is doing it all over the globe.
Parks recently capped her third season overseas, leading Inter-Clube de Luanda to Angolan Cup and League tournament titles.
Parks, who spent just two months in Angola, said that it was the first championship of her overseas career.
She signed a contract to play in Poland for the 2017-18 season.
“Winning a championship in Angola was a feeling that I can’t even describe with my words. I couldn’t eat or sleep after winning,” said Parks, who played in the top-tier league in Angola. “Prior to going to Angola, I had never won a championship, so to be able to win a championship at the professional level is such a surreal feeling for me.”
Parks added that winning the championship was something her father Robert saw coming.
“What makes this whole thing crazy is the fact that my dad called me in either November or December [last year] when I was still playing in Spain at the time, and he called to tell me that he had a dream that I had just won a championship and I was holding a trophy and crying,” she said. “So in a sense it’s like the dream I had of becoming a champion finally came true and my dad’s dream literally became true as well.”
While with Angola, the 6-foot guard Parks averaged 17 points and 6 rebounds per game. On June 22, she led her squad to a 3-0 series win thanks to three wins in three days en route to the Cup title.
The league championship was the best-of-five series and Angola swept C.D. Primeiro de Agosto in that series as well 3-0 on July 5.
Due to the language barrier, Parks said that she didn’t spend much time off the court with her teammates, but on the court it was like a family.
“My teammates and my coach didn’t speak any English at all, they only spoke Portuguese. It was tough when I first got out there trying to understand everything, but I learned a very little bit of Portuguese and my coach tried to speak English as best as he could to help me out sometimes,” Parks said. “However, being on the court with my teammates was great, we all got along and we developed our team chemistry extremely fast.
Robyn Parks, a 2010 North Point High School graduate, kisses the trophy after leading the Inter-Clube de Luanda to the Angolan Cup championship on June 22 after defeating defeating C.D. Primeiro de Agosto three-games to none.