Georgia Tech signs Bobby Ray Parks Jr. of Phillipines

Due to the holidays and some technical difficulties I’ve been having with my email, I completely missed that Georgia Tech signed another basketball player this week.

The Yellow Jackets signed Bobby Ray Parks Jr. He goes by “Ray” and is the son of the man known as the “Michael Jordan of the Phillipines.” Former Memphis State star Bobby Ray Parks averaged 52.6 points per game in 1989 for the a Filipino pro team.

Ray, a 6-foot-3, left-handed point guard, currently plays high school ball in Manila but played the last four years in Memphis.

I’m scrambling to track down Ray or his parents and will get you more details on him as soon as possible. In the meantime, here is the news release from Georgia Tech:

Bobby Parks Jr., a 6-3 guard from Manila in the Philippines, has signed a letter-of-intent to play basketball at Georgia Tech, head coach Paul Hewitt announced.

Parks, who played high school basketball in the Memphis area until this year, is spending his senior year in the Philippines. He 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.

“We’re very happy to welcome Ray to our program,” said Hewitt. “He’s a combination guard who is an excellent three-point shooter, and he has improved rapidly over the last six to nine months with his point guard play. He made a very positive impression on everybody around our program, and we feel fortunate to have had him sign with us during the early signing period.”

Parks is the son of former Memphis great Bobby Ray Parks, who starred for the Tigers in the early 1980s, was drafted by the Atlanta Hawks and played professionally in the Continental Basketball Association, France and the Philippines, where Ray, Jr., was born.

The family moved to Memphis when Parks was 13, and he played basketball his ninth and 10th-grade years at St. George’s Independent School in Collierville, Tenn., where he was the state private school player of the year in 2009. He transferred to Melrose High School for his 11th-grade year, and helped his team win a class AAA state championship in 2010.

A left-hander shooter, Parks, Jr., has dual citizenship in the United States and the Philippines. He is the second signee in Tech’s 2011 freshman class, joining 6-8 forward Julian Royal of Milton High School in Milton, Ga.

18 comments Add your comment

Blackberry Pie

November 26th, 2010
11:55 am

Fire Hewitt

November 26th, 2010
12:45 pm

Welcome to GT…we hope to have you a real coach soon.

branden smith

November 26th, 2010
1:23 pm

GT

November 26th, 2010
5:00 pm

Welcome Ray! Glad to have you!

SAINT SIMON

November 26th, 2010
6:32 pm

UGA 30 – GT 24!!!!!

WE RUN THIS STATE!!!!!!

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHA!!!!

Frank

November 26th, 2010
9:01 pm

Congrats Jr. on you scholly. Best of luck except against UGA.

THWGT

michael

November 26th, 2010
11:47 pm

so we are now recruiting outside the NORM of ball. hewitt no longer does– he have the ability to recruit……he’s getting bad advise AND he listens to it!

Score Check

November 27th, 2010
11:01 am

CPH for President

Dooley

November 27th, 2010
11:20 am

SS, you guys might “run” this state but you still can’t “drive”! Get back to the french fries. They are burning.

German Shepherd Dawg

November 28th, 2010
4:01 pm

Fake Saint Simon,

It sounds just as stupid comes from you as the real guy. Give it a rest. Forever.

spelchek

November 28th, 2010
5:11 pm

It’s Philippines.

5150 P.O.A.D. eats boogers

November 28th, 2010
5:28 pm

(((((((30-24)))))))))

Skitty Fritty

November 28th, 2010
5:37 pm

This will put us over the top so we can compete with Kennesaw State in the future!

Bravesfan79

November 28th, 2010
5:59 pm

Ive defended Hewitt along time, since realizing years ago that the success in 2004 was more due to his assistants that left than his coaching, it was clear that the simple solution was to bring in a TOP level assistant coach again! Not another recent player with little coaching experience! We need a ex-head coach, someone retired like a Bob Knight or Lefty Drisel, or even a ex NBA coach. Im sure theres gotta be someone we could throw 2Million or so at to come in here and help Hewitt! If Hewitt cant swallow his pride and hire a top coach.. then FIRE him!
So we got yet another point guard “project”? Someone tall, and athletic, that makes dumb turnovers and cant shoot for SHT like Shumpert!?? I sure hope not, but im tired of Hewitt recruiting more for “athleticism” than for game smarts and shooting.

Game Time

November 28th, 2010
6:44 pm

“but im tired of Hewitt recruiting more for “athleticism” than for game smarts and shooting.”

Amen, Bravesfan 79! Amen!!

Spoke

November 28th, 2010
6:53 pm

Yep, Tech keeps signing great players…and producing mediocre teams.

T.O

November 28th, 2010
9:00 pm

Chip your headline reads Tech signs “Jordan of Philippines” But the Dad is the one that was given the nickname not the son. Might want to fix that.

Chandler

December 2nd, 2010
1:07 am

I had the privilege of playin this guy in high school a couple of times before he went to the Philippines. I also played against Elliot Williams, who is now on the Portland Trail Blazers, and Laurence Bowers, who is a junior on the Missouri Tigers.