After months of speculation, Ray Parks finally announced via Twitter his decision to bring his act to Japan.
New chapter, lets go!!!🐬 pic.twitter.com/Ifk5x2we8l
— Ray Parks Jr. (@ray1parks) August 24, 2021
The 28-year old son of legendary PBA import Bobby Ray Parks, who just last March begged off from the ongoing PBA season due to personal matters, signed a one-season deal with the Nagoya Diamond Dolphins.
“I am honored to be part of the Dolphins and will do my best to bring the victory to the city of Nagoya. It is my honor and privilege to represent our team and I can’t wait to get out there and compete and do our best to bring home a championship to the city of Nagoya. I’m excited to meet my teammates, management, and most especially all the fans,” said Parks.
The Japanese club also announced the signing on the same social media platform.
“We are pleased to announce that we have signed Bobby Ray Parks Jr. from the Philippines for the B.League 2021-22 season. Ray will be registered as the Asian Player Quotas. His contract will become official as soon as he gets his medical clearance,” wrote the team.
We are pleased to announce that we have signed Bobby Ray Parks Jr. from the Philippines for the B.League 2021-22 season. Ray will be registered as the Asian Player Quotas. His contract will become official as soon as he gets his medical clearance. pic.twitter.com/h1j5PQkfln
— 名古屋ダイヤモンドドルフィンズ公式 (@nagoyadolphins) August 24, 2021
Parks, who averaged 22.4 points, 7.8 rebounds, 3.1 assists, and 1.5 steals for the TNT Tropang Giga during the 2020 Philippine Cup, is the sixth Filipino to join the fledging league.
Thirdy Ravena opened the gates for Pinoy ballers last season after signing with San-En NeoPhoenix. Older brother Kiefer is set to follow his lead after coming to terms with the Shiga Lakestars. Javi Gomez de Liano will see action for the Ibaraki Robots while younger brother Juan will reinforce Earth Friends Tokyo Z. Gilas big man Kemark Cariño, meanwhile, will showcase his talent for the Aomori Wat’s.