Black­wa­ter tar­gets Parks with No.2 over­all pick

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Black­wa­ter Elite owner Dio­celdo Sy said Alab Pilip­inas star Bobby Ray Parks will be their pick at No. 2 over­all in the 2018 PBA Rookie Draft if the for­mer two-time UAAP MVP de­cides to turn pro.

Bobby Ray Parks is the son of the late seven-time PBA Best Im­port Bobby Parks.

Parks moved to the top of Black­wa­ter's list once Columbian coach John Cardel made it clear they want Lyceum star CJ Perez at No. 1 over­all.

Black­wa­ter saw its cham­pi­onship hopes dashed af­ter bow­ing to Mag­no­lia in their 2018 PBA Gov­er­nors' Cup quar­ter­fi­nal clash last Tues­day.

The loss put an end to the young fran­chise's im­pres­sive show­ing that saw the Elite get off to a strong 4-0 start, while com­pet­ing for a twice-to-beat ad­van­tage in the play­offs.

Sy be­lieves the 25-year-old Parks can be an im­por­tant piece for the fran­chise. Parks has been the Asean Bas­ket­ball League lo­cal MVP the past two sea­sons.

"We can build the team around Poy [Er­ram], [Mac] Belo, [Allein] Ma­liksi and [Mike] DiGre­go­rio. So we'll get depth," he said.

Parks av­er­aged 16.7 points, 5.2 re­bounds and 3.5 as­sists, while shoot­ing 36 per­cent from 3-point range for the San Miguel-backed Alab Pilip­inas in the 2018 sea­son.

Should the for­mer Na­tional Uni­ver­sity Bull­dog stand­out join the 2018 PBA Rookie Draft, he won't see ac­tion in the pro league im­me­di­ately as he's ex­pected to help the San Miguel­backed Alab side de­fend its ti­tle first in the ABL for the 2019 sea­son. —

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