Simon Enciso confident that good pal Ray Parks ‘will represent our country the right way’

Heading towards different pathways of their professional career, Blackwater main man Simon Enciso has nothing but love and praise for his good friend Ray Parks Jr.

The Bossing guard wishes Parks good luck, as the 28-year-old Filipino-American is currently on his new basketball chapter after joining the Nagoya Dolphins in the Japan B. League.

Enciso firmly believes that the former TNT wingman, who joined the plethora of young and talented Pinoy cagers in the international scene, will make the whole country proud.

“I know and I have confidence that he’ll be ready to perform for the Philippines and represent the country the right way,” stated Enciso.

The guard further added that he was glad and honored to have played with Parks who he considers ‘a very underrated player.’

“I’m happy for him. He works super hard. I feel like he’s a very underrated player. You know it’s a pleasure being in the same team and competing with him when I was with TNT.”

Amidst all these, Enciso is looking forward to the day wherein his good friend will return to the country and wear a PBA jersey once again — not as a teammate but as a competitor.

“Yeah, against him [Parks Jr.],” said Enciso. “I like the competition.”

The two have developed a strong bond as Tropang Giga teammates during the two-month bubble last conference, but the team came up short in the Finals succumbing to Brgy. Ginebra San Miguel in 5 games.

In the following off-season, the two went on separate ways. Parks had a contract dispute with the TNT management which forced him to take his talents to Japan. Enciso, on the other hand, was dealt to Blackwater in a three-team deal along with the NLEX Road Warriors.

Last September 11, Parks displayed what he is capable of doing on Japan’s hardwood. He was a huge factor on Nagoya’s 108-88 preseason domination of Gunma after dropping 12 points on a perfect six-of-six field goal shooting in 17 minutes of action.

Enciso, meanwhile, is one of the few bright spots in the Bossing’s still winless 2021 Philippine Cup campaign. The 17h overall pick of the 2015 draft is averaging a team-high 13.3 points along with 3.7 assists in 9 outings.

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