Gregory calls Parks case ‘bizarre’

The likelihood of Georgia Tech signee Bobby Parks making it to campus appears slim. Coach Brian Gregory has reached out to Parks, whom former coach Paul Hewitt signed to a letter of intent before his dismissal, but hasn’t received much response.

Said Gregory, “It’s the most bizarre recruiting situation that I’ve ever seen.”

Parks, the son of former college basketball star and Hawks draft choice Bobby Parks Sr., lives in the Philippines with his father and Filipino mother. In January, the Philippine Star reported that Parks intended to play for a Filipino college team, but his father was quoted as saying that his point guard son would study his options about continuing his career in the U.S. in two years’ time.

With Parks having signed to play for Tech, Gregory said he and athletic director Dan Radakovich have tried “numerous times” to contact him and his family with limited success.

“The family was supposed to call me and (I) have got nothing,” Gregory said.

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Paddy

April 25th, 2011
7:59 am

If you have tried numerous times and they have not called back; move on and put your efforts somewhere else. he’s not comming!

Tech Man

April 25th, 2011
8:05 am

Suggest Gregory put his focus on the kid recently released from his ‘Canes commitment, the two kids let go from their Dayton commitments and Iman Shumpert to enter the 2011 season with a new look and, hopefully, improved results.

GT45

April 25th, 2011
8:08 am

Give it time. Things like this have to work itself out!

Buzz2

April 25th, 2011
8:36 am

Get on a plane and meet with kid and family. The Philippine’s gov’t may have something to do with it. No respond…drop the offer.
Agree look at Chris Bolden and Dayton’s 2 commits that were drop.

tom

April 25th, 2011
8:40 am

And this is the “most bizarre recruiting situation he has ever seen?” http://www.upglad.com

Got to be kidding

April 25th, 2011
8:46 am

Who really cares about this kid, he would get home sick in 3 weeks and leave anyway..

juan carlos diego raul sanchez

April 25th, 2011
8:51 am

who cares – he probably sucks – i mean he has been balling with 5′8 peeps his whole life…a smurf would be good over there

.

April 25th, 2011
8:54 am

here’s good advice, whatever the 24/7 troll Paddy tells you to do, do just the opposite

gt4ever

April 25th, 2011
8:59 am

Hewitt Fan

April 25th, 2011
9:02 am

Colin Kaepernick for Heisman

April 25th, 2011
9:24 am

I think what happened is that Paul Hewitt got a hold of the kid and convinced him to quit playing organized basketball in order to help Hewitt create a new series of instructional tapes on his masterful offense. No doubt that the tapes will make them both billionaires.

J W

April 25th, 2011
9:29 am

After one (or just one more) attempt to contact with clearly defined timeline for response, forget the kid and move on. Appears to me continuation of non-existent relationship will lead to more obstacles than he is worth.

Tough Times

April 25th, 2011
9:30 am

Even a kid with a free ride to Tech can’t be convinced to come to campus is just pure gold.

JM

April 25th, 2011
9:33 am

This is a tough situation. GT’s going to honor the commitment, but will Parks? I just hope the Parks family decides soon so the GT coaches can find another player for the scholarship before it is too late.

Not a Hewitt Fan

April 25th, 2011
9:41 am

Maybe someone told him they beat people with canes over here so he isnt going to come.

Buzzzed

April 25th, 2011
9:42 am

Geez, move on. Give the scholly to an American kid. No brainer.

B'ball Fan

April 25th, 2011
10:08 am

Let’s go University of Memphis!!!!! After all, Bobby Parks, Sr. was a star there in the early 80’s with Keith Lee & William Bedford.

michael

April 25th, 2011
10:14 am

GT hulk

April 25th, 2011
10:16 am

Go for the big guy that dropped Dayton!!!

Jason

April 25th, 2011
10:35 am

Bolden is a 2012 recruit and he’s prob staying with Miami

The Truth

April 25th, 2011
10:36 am

He’s probably thinking it’s safer to stay where he is then the gt campus. Pretty funny.

Dawgs

April 25th, 2011
10:56 am

He’s just not that into you…

Ken Sugiura

April 25th, 2011
10:59 am

my suspicion is that they’ll move on and use it next year.

GIVE ME A BREAK

April 25th, 2011
11:08 am

I hope Gregory isn’t a ” DRAMA QUEEN .” What’s the big deal? Spend your time on someone else.

GTBob

April 25th, 2011
11:08 am

This kids story is pretty complex from what I have read. I think we should just forget about him unless his circumstances change and he is full blown committed to leaving his father and playing in the US.

Clueless @ the AJC

April 25th, 2011
11:08 am

The kid is not stupid. GT is a program that’s not going to get better as long as they keep trying to do things on the cheap. Paul Hewitt is not going to look so bad this time next year.

B'ball Fan

April 25th, 2011
11:20 am

I’ve read elsewhere that Bobby Parks, Sr. also is suffering from cancer, so this may have something to do with his son’s actions.

Wardo

April 25th, 2011
11:24 am

Clueless…Paul Hewitt will always look bad. Did you miss the last 5 years? Wake up and back away from the bong dude.

collegeballfan

April 25th, 2011
11:26 am

The kid is not critical to the program’s success, regardless of who the coach is. He is a nice player with a good shooting touch. There are several hundred out there from the same mold.

I agree with earlier comments that the concentration for 2011 players needs to be on the Gibson kid from Detroit, 6-9 type 4-5 player.

Greyshark

April 25th, 2011
11:35 am

Just recruit great players that will stay for 4 years. A bunch of one and dones does not a program build, and will get you fired! Right Coach Hewitt?

Greyshark

April 25th, 2011
11:38 am

Mr. Georgia Tech Beat Writer,

Where is the story about Tech establishing a new level of golf domination with their latest ACC championship? 33 under with the seniors finishing 1, 2, and 3 to finish their ACC careers? Defeating 2nd place Duke by 20 strokes? What is up with nothing on the site about that?

Ken Sugiura

April 25th, 2011
11:40 am

greyshark – thanks for the question. working on it.

Clarence

April 25th, 2011
12:20 pm

You mean Tech has a basketball team?

Clueless @ the AJC

April 25th, 2011
12:22 pm

Wardo…Paul Hewitt got you to the final game and there’s never been a hint of allegations against the man. Did he lose the fire to coach? Perhaps. But Gregory is NOT the answer. He was simply the first applicant to say yes.

Rich Yunkus was overrated

April 25th, 2011
12:29 pm

It’s GTech…who cares?

Born2Buzz

April 25th, 2011
12:45 pm

I love the guys who say “It’s GTech..who cares?”
Well, you cared enough to read the blog, comment on it, and give yourself a name that only someone that has followed GT sports over the years would know.

But this really is a non story. The golf team and the baseball team are the big stories in the GTAA right now. Both are tops in the ACC and at or near the top in all of the NCAA.

Juan de la Cruz

April 25th, 2011
12:53 pm

Ray Parks played high school ball as a junior with Memphis signee Adonis Thomas at Melrose in Memphis, Tennessee. Ray and his father Bobby Parks moved back to the Philippines a year ago. Ray is red shirting as a college freshman at National University in Manila and will play this July in the college division of the UAAP, the premier college league in the Philippines.

Will Ray Parks play college ball in the States? Maybe after 2 years per family comments to the Philippine media.

hahaha!!!!!!

April 25th, 2011
1:21 pm

So besides the Yech baseball team and one of your their tool fraternities, did any other Yechies bring yet even more shame to the nerd nation over the weekend by embracing United States hating, woman beating, crack using Charlie Sheen?

Bill

April 25th, 2011
2:06 pm

Hewitt Fan….I know you are upset, but CPH did get more years out of less production than any coach since 1980. Name one coach( besides Carmody at Northwestern who never wins)at a major conference that has been there that long and had only one winning (ACC)conference season?
You should hope CPH can get a job at a high mid major school over the next 3 years. He isn’t going to coach a BCS school in all probability. Maybe an A-10 job if he’s lucky.

Hewitt Fan

April 25th, 2011
2:48 pm

@Bill

No, coaches around the nation understand what goes on in the ACC..Heath got a better job than UM and barely won in the ACC..CPH will get another job easily..

jacketfan

April 25th, 2011
3:10 pm

Boy, we have a bunch of geniuses responding above. The “big deal” and reason why Gregory is spending time on this is because GT has a signed letter of intent and if the kid shows up on campus, they have to honor it. It would be nice if Gregory knew whether Parks will show up or not and whether he will have the ship available or not. Damn, you people are dumb!

GT65

April 25th, 2011
3:46 pm

Jason…Bolden has asked for his release…and will get it. He has also said he would like to go to GT. That was 2 weeks ago.

Bobby Parks should put up are tell Coach Gregory No. Get the kid from Dayton who got his release .

Stinger 2

April 25th, 2011
3:59 pm

It seems that there is a crazy angle to many recruiting stories these
days. I believe there is enough blame to go around for everyone involved. Too much hype from the media, parents and high school prospects getting so much attention causing them to feel very important and wanting to have news confrences about their kids. Fans overreacting, high school coaches getting their publicity, etc. Name it…its all blown way out of reality these days.

Juan de la Cruz

April 25th, 2011
4:34 pm

Surf the net and you will get the whole story concerning the recruitment of Ray Parks. In short, he has no intentions of honoring his LOI with Georgia Tech at least not for next season. If he did, he still has to sit out next season because he is a college freshman at National University. Best for coach Gregory to move on and offer the scholarship to some other player.

alex

April 25th, 2011
4:39 pm

this sucks i was hoping this kid was the second coming of tony akins(remember him)

dragon

April 25th, 2011
5:04 pm

Ironic …a downtown atlanta school gets its butt kicked by Dook in hoops, but beats those trustaferians in golf. That should be an NCAA investigation….

wampum

April 25th, 2011
6:59 pm

You DA’s think CBG needs your advice on how to run a recruiting program? What a bunch of coach-wanna-be losers. The purpose of the post was to inform as to the status of a recruit. Nothing more.

bless u

April 25th, 2011
8:48 pm

What a name– wampum…get a life.

Mary

April 25th, 2011
8:52 pm

A friend in Dayton told me the Dayton paper reported BG reached out to one of the MI kids that dumped UD. Apparently, the kid would not give BG a visit…

GIVE ME A BREAK

April 25th, 2011
11:35 pm

” The sky is falling “