The recruiting mystery between Georgia Tech and basketball recruit Bobby Parks Jr. appears to be over.
New Tech coach Brian Gregory told the AJC on Tuesday night that “I do not foresee [Parks] coming to school at Georgia Tech next year.”
The 6-foot-4 guard was one of two players signed in last November’s early period by ex-Tech coach Paul Hewitt. Gregory convinced the other recruit, Milton High School power forward Julian Royal, to stick with the Yellow Jackets under the new regime.
Meanwhile, Gregory hasn’t really gotten anywhere with Parks, telling the AJC’s Ken Sugiura on Monday that it was “the most bizarre recruiting situation that I’ve ever have ever seen.” Parks, the son of former Hawks’ draft choice Bobby Parks Sr., lives in the Philippines with his father and Filipino mother.
On Tuesday, Gregory offered more details: “We’ve been in contact strictly via email. It has been very sporadic. The communication has been very one-sided. I just think Bobby and his family have made a commitment to stay in the Philippines for another year.”
What about granting Parks a release from his letter of intent with Tech? Gregory said he would do it, but that Parks has not requested it.
“I think the situation is so unique we have to do some research in terms of exactly where is he playing over there right now?” Gregory said. “Is it for a university? Is it for a pro team?
“But when someone has signed with another coach and you take over, I’m of the opinion that you grant those players releases if they want them. If that’s what needs to be done, then that’s what we will do.”
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 son would study his options about continuing his career in the U.S. in two years.
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