Parks signs with Tech’s basketball team

Ray Parks, Jr. has signed a letter of intent to play basketball at Georgia Tech, the school announced today.

Parks, a 6-3 guard from Manila in the Philippines, played high school basketball in the Memphis area until this year. He is the son of former Memphis State player Bobby Ray Parks, who was drafted by the Hawks in 1984.

Parks Jr. was Tennessee’s private school player of the year in 2009. He transferred to Melrose for his junior year and lead it to the class AAA state championship in 2010. He also played on the All-Asian team in the 2010 Nike Global Challenge in Hillsboro, Ore., and for the Philippine National Team in 3-on-3 basketball in the 2010 Youth Olympic Games in Singapore.

Tech coach Paul Hewitt said Parks is an excellent 3-point shooter. Parks joins Julian Royal as Tech’s second early signee.

27 comments Add your comment

GStateBen

November 22nd, 2010
3:13 pm

Wow. Congrats to him but Hewitt is reaching. This kid is not an ACC caliber player. It’s embarrassing how poor Tech’s talent evaluation is.

My question is: Will he ever play for Hewitt?

The Bees Nees

November 22nd, 2010
3:22 pm

He is 96 ranked recruit and a 4 star on scout.

Observer

November 22nd, 2010
3:25 pm

GStateBen – As poor as our perimeter shooting has been, I’ll spend a scholarship on this kid in a heartbeat.

RamblinRed

November 22nd, 2010
3:25 pm

Kid played very well at the Nike Global Challenge this summer for the All-Asia team. Avg 22 ppg shooting 47% FG, 44% 3FG and made the All-Tournament team.

Great bloodlines.

buzzarmy

November 22nd, 2010
3:29 pm

not an ACC player? he is a 4 star, and he is the #26 sg in nation. Now will he play for CPH is another question, I think if you ask TECH fans if they like or want to keep CPH as coach I think 95% will say no. CPH can bring in the tallent but he just can’t do anything with it in college, but he dose get them into the NBA.

GTJACKETS

November 22nd, 2010
3:34 pm

I wish Paul could figure out how to use this talent that he keeps recruiting. He recruits so well, if only he could coach half as good.

GStateBen

November 22nd, 2010
3:50 pm

Rivals.com has as a 3 star and Scouts, Inc. has elevated his grade now that he signed with Tech. I stand by my evaluation. He’s not an ACC type talent as an incoming freshman. There’s a reason why only New Mexico and Georgia Tech had offered at this point.

juvenal

November 22nd, 2010
3:57 pm

who was that kid Wake found on St. Croix?…..if he has a Pinoy heart like Manny, he’ll do fine(ans.:Tim Duncan)…

Jacket Backer

November 22nd, 2010
4:26 pm

Promise you this guy can play. Recruiting is not the problem at Tech. We need a coach who can do something with this talent.

ignition

November 22nd, 2010
4:38 pm

Sounds like a good pick up… BTW New Mexico is a good basketball school…

Burdell

November 22nd, 2010
4:39 pm

Yeah…took my honeymoon on St. Croix in ‘99. That island had Tim Duncan Fever!

Burdell

November 22nd, 2010
4:40 pm

You’d be bitter too if you were a Panther-phile.

chuck

November 22nd, 2010
4:41 pm

I guess we GT fans just have to learn to take our 4-5 star recruits and not pine for all the talent that GState gets.

Jackets

November 22nd, 2010
4:47 pm

awesome, welcome to GT, go Jackets

David

November 22nd, 2010
4:56 pm

Uhh you’re not to bright GStateBen. He had offers from Memphis, Miss St, Florida, Clemson, Virginia and Arkansas at one point. Rivals has him a 3 star but ranked #113 so he’s only a few spots away from being a 4 star. Anybody ranked in the top 150 on rivals and top 100 on scout is an ACC caliber player.

wesleywhatwhat

November 22nd, 2010
5:35 pm

gastateben should probably stop offering his opinion on sports blogs. kinda embrassed for him.

CT_Jacket

November 22nd, 2010
7:37 pm

I grew up in Memphis and watched his father play for Memphis State back in the Keith Lee days. He was an All-America one year, but he wasn’t the star of the team. He was a great role player, good shooter who played hard up and down the court.

GTSteve

November 22nd, 2010
8:13 pm

“good shooter who played hard up and down the court.”

Cant ever have too many of those

YJacket

November 22nd, 2010
8:19 pm

If he played in a 3 on 3 league that is perfect. Hewitt doesn’t know how to use d5 players anyway. A lof of guys have been great 3 point shooters until they play for Hewitt and then they regress. Just look at Anthony Morrow.

shon

November 22nd, 2010
9:03 pm

look out Ga State,big bad Mercer is starting their own football team, you jealous?

Chuck Allison

November 22nd, 2010
9:56 pm

Some beautiful day Paul Hewitt will be gone. The birds will be singing and the church bells ringing. What a glorious day that will be!

Damien

November 23rd, 2010
3:42 am

You’re an idiot YJacket. Anthony Morrow is 3rd all time in ACC history in three point field goal percentage. Hewitt really made him worse. SMFH

wesleywhatwhat

November 23rd, 2010
2:08 pm

RE: anthony morrow not playing to his full potential until playing for a coach other than hewitt…

After being named “Mr. Basketball” in North Carolina in 2004, he struggled to distinguish himself in four seasons at Georgia Tech. “I saw him a couple times in college and he didn’t really light it up,” said Mr. Kerr, who was the general manager of the Phoenix Suns when Morrow was preparing for the 2008 NBA Draft. “He got a little lost on his team. It just didn’t seem like he really blossomed there. Then he got lost in the shuffle as far as the scouts are concerned.”

Greg

November 23rd, 2010
2:10 pm

maybe this kid will be the difference to finally get us over the hump and beat Kennesaw State!

Yellow!

November 23rd, 2010
5:34 pm

Yjacket…cmon man terrible example.

wesleywhatwhat

November 24th, 2010
9:18 am

hewitt’s acc record of 67-93 isn’t getting it done by any standard.

time for him to go.

ABQBigD

November 25th, 2010
2:56 pm

He must of signed his letter of intent during a recruting trip to New Mexico. He didn’t leave Albuquerque until the 18th but had to sign by the 17th. Steve Allford is quoted as saying that if that is what happened then it was “Not Cool”. It is not only “Not Cool” but lacks any class by him and his loser father that was also on the recrutring trip at UNM (His father also needed to sign the LOT.). Good luck to Tech with this type of player that lacks any ethics. It will always be about him and the team will always be a very distant second.