Georgia Tech basketball recruit Bobby Parks Jr. requests for release from Jackets (UPDATED)

Bobby Parks Jr. says he will meet with new Georgia Tech Brian Gregory (AJC photo)

Georgia Tech basketball coach Brian Gregory (AJC photo)

Georgia Tech basketball recruit Bobby Parks Jr. has requested a release from his letter of intent with Yellow Jackets, according to the player’s father.

“[Bobby] really likes Georgia Tech a lot, but we haven’t spoken with the new coach yet,” wrote Bobby Parks Sr. in an email to the AJC on Thursday.

“He was recruited by [ex-Georgia Tech coach Paul Hewitt] and built a relationship with him. Hewitt has also seen him play and thought he would fit into the system. The reason we wanted the release is so he could open his recruitment again, which means he would get a chance to build a relationship with the new coach. I’m going to call him today.”

Earlier this week, new Georgia Tech coach Brian Gregory said that it was “the most bizarre recruiting situation that I have ever seen.” Gregory  labeled the communication between Georgia Tech and the Parks family as “very sporadic” and “very one-sided” and — most surprisingly — “strictly via email.” The 6-foot-4 guard lives with his mother and father in the Philippines.

Did Gregory get the long-awaited phone call on Thursday? We were unable to reach him for comment by late Thursday afternoon.

Now that Parks has requested a release, will Georgia Tech grant it? We asked Gregory that specific question earlier this week, and here was his response:

“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? 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.”

Parks was one of two players signed in last November’s early period by Hewitt. Gregory convinced the other recruit, Milton High School power forward Julian Royal, to stick with the Yellow Jackets under the new regime.

Update: Georgia Tech officials acknowledge Parks has officially requested a release from his letter of intent. It’s under review.


– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog


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49 comments Add your comment

Desperation on the Ave

April 28th, 2011
4:19 pm


April 28th, 2011
4:24 pm

I feel beating UGA in football was a deal the Athletic Association signed with with devil.

They knew how giddy we get beating our superiors once a decade, and decided they would strike a deal with Satan to let us do it, as long as there is NOTHING but bad news for the next several years.

Yeah, we won the worst ACC in history in football since then, only to get embarrassed by a bunch of farm boy rednecks (who we love to make fun of since we are so yuppie) on a grand stage.

And basketball….. what on earth has basketball given us other than back to back loses to our superiors, UGA, having to fire our coach, and having recruits think twice.

What’s next? Will Charlie Sheen endorse us???

I am close to giving up on Tech athletics, and get back to the World of Warcraft rooms.


April 28th, 2011
4:29 pm

Nice job Jawja fans being the first to comment….not surprising. It appears your land line at the trailer park was spared by last night’s storms.


April 28th, 2011
4:32 pm

Grant him the release and see if he fits in or would be interested in still coming to Tech. If he is and he does fit in, then try to bring him in. If not, then best of luck to the kid. RambleOn… If this is truly you, then I can only say that if that is your opinion, then so be it. We have never recruited the top classes in Fball and we don’t have the money to do as alot of the football factories do as far as publicity and facilities. If this is new to you, then you haven’t paid much attention. We are a proud fanbase and yes there are frustrating times, but to just turn your back and say I quit is just cowardly IMO…


April 28th, 2011
4:38 pm

Just in.

Richt`s purse was stolen today at the Walmart in Athens. Suspects being chased to the UGA football dorm. Police have stormed the building using tear gas.

Everyone else

April 28th, 2011
4:51 pm

Saban, try to atleast make them funny…that was just stupid. My 4 year old nephew’s knock knock jokes are more entertaining than that.

Jim Bob

April 28th, 2011
4:51 pm

WHO CARES. LET HIM GO. We can find much better in the ‘12 class. But btw his Dad is full of crap.


April 28th, 2011
4:56 pm

I thought it was pretty funny


April 28th, 2011
4:57 pm

Yeah his dad is an idiot..multiple top 100 guards in the 2012 class that are interested in Tech.


April 28th, 2011
5:03 pm

I think I would rather Gregory just forget about this kid. This whole situation got shady well before Hewitt was fired.


April 28th, 2011
5:03 pm

MB, thats a really crappy thing to say. You’re pure garbage.

Jackets Suck

April 28th, 2011
6:30 pm

When a Tech blog is written, and nobody is interested in reading it, is that Tech blog still written??

Vince Lombardi

April 28th, 2011
6:54 pm

Don’t talk to these clowns; don’t accept their phone calls…Nothing!. Just mail them his release. Hopefully it’ll take 4 weeks to get there.


April 28th, 2011
8:33 pm

Gotta trust Gregory in these situations, and given the unconventional nature of Parks recruitment and location, it would seem wise to cut him loose. The Parks family seems more enamored with Paul Hewitt than GT, and while CBG could have made a phone call to them, it’s not like he could go visit them like he did Royal. The Parks are sadly mistaken if they think a relationship with Hewitt means squat anymore on North Ave.


April 28th, 2011
8:41 pm

once again rambleon84 is not the truth of anything, uga is not superior to me and if they are superior to you, that is your problem and that is your shame. Too many GT fans like you think GT is the stepchild that is suppose to take a backseat in everything and be happy finishing .500

How then did GT ever win past national titles and how in the world did Bobby Cremins bring greatness to the bb program that we will never see again because of thinking like yours

Get a life, mutts

April 28th, 2011
9:21 pm

I thought Saban’s comment was funnier than the RambleOn imposter’s was


April 28th, 2011
10:33 pm

This has nothing to do with Hewitt. He would have flaked on Hewitt had he still been here. The writing was already on the wall. No need to go international for athletes at Tech.


April 28th, 2011
10:54 pm

Avoid a headache with this guy and cut him loose. Not a team player. Better that he stay home.

William Casey

April 28th, 2011
11:27 pm

I’ve never seen Parks play but am reasonably sure he would have been about the 9th man on this year’s Milton team which I did see play. Grant the release.

Buzz ME

April 29th, 2011
4:49 am

kid is a head case…bye bye


April 29th, 2011
5:41 am

Hi, I’m from Manila Philippines and, yes, Ray is presently enrolled at a local University that’s trying to beef up its core of players for the upcoming UAAP season (our local version of the NCAA).

Here he is with his dad being interviewed at a local sports show:


April 29th, 2011
6:50 am

Awesome…some dork is so obsessed with me he chose to impersonate me yesterday afternoon…I’m pretty sure I know who it was.

I guess I’m moving on up in the world.

Honest and Frank Discussion

April 29th, 2011
7:12 am

Did they add a “troll” major at uga?

Some of you uga guys sure are working hard at stealing the “nerds” nickname by posting early and often on the GT articles. Apparently there are only 9 commandments (sans theft) at uga.


April 29th, 2011
7:33 am

LOL….Tech never has a problem in recruiting , it was just that Hewitt was never that good of a coach & he also had his own political agenda ……Gregory’s a basketball coach first & foremost just like my boy Fox!!! Have a blessed day

Walker, Texas Ranger

April 29th, 2011
7:57 am

I’d get back to him in about 2-3 months, then give him his release.

Phillippines or the Tech ghetto?

April 29th, 2011
7:58 am

If those were his choices, no wonder he is staying over there. Less likely to get mugged. He was prob worried about getting pistol whipped in his dorm room.

North Avenue Mugger

April 29th, 2011
7:58 am

Too bad, I was hoping for another victim.

North Avenue Hooker

April 29th, 2011
7:59 am

Why is it I cant get any action around the Tech campus?


April 29th, 2011
8:04 am

Daily attacks of Georgia Tech by UGAg fans………..CHECK.


April 29th, 2011
8:10 am

Good call Byrddawg. Hewitt was in my opinion the problem not our players. The ACC still recruits, just like the SEC in football and being in Atlanta should give us even a more natural advantage for basketball. Bobby Cremins developed this into a national powerhouse and his recruits have become a standard for not only basketball but boardcast personalities too numerous to court. The garden grew without much work, Hewitt just never appreciated the situation or was too far over his skies. Fox may be Georgia’s Bobby Cremins, he certainly can coach and conducts himself like a coach should.


April 29th, 2011
8:10 am

There’s nothing dumber than a Georgia BullDawg


April 29th, 2011
8:39 am

Not that I was very mature at 18, but I’m amazed at how immaturely this kid has handled this situation.

Alabama Jack

April 29th, 2011
8:54 am

dawg fans really suck

Ramblin Recluse Road

April 29th, 2011
9:19 am

get back with him and tell him that as far as Tech’s concerned, he’s already committed, request denied, now get over here to Atl and get out there on the court and run stadium trips up and down the stairs a few times or more with a basketball in his hands

Ramblin Recluse Road

April 29th, 2011
9:21 am

deny Parks’ request, and allow disloyal Shumpert to leave and join RAT Favors on same team


April 29th, 2011
9:36 am

Come to UGA. We would be glad to have you in Athens.


April 29th, 2011
9:37 am

just let him go and move on!!!


April 29th, 2011
9:39 am

No problem…Let the kid go! Now Coach Gregory can get his own players..Good luck kid and good luck GT.

If it is not football, it is basketball here at The Flats

April 29th, 2011
9:43 am

Players bolting left and right. GT football players just hoping upon hope to being drafted to the NFL. Now? Basketbll player leaving like flies off a rotten watermelon.

Things are looking bad at The Flats ands we have Ethel St to live with during the upcoming summer.

It is no fun being a Yellow Jacket and really, with our major bowl record, not much fun there either; with our last decade of prolific MAJOR bowl trips being in the 1950s.

If this goofy middle school offense fails this year …………. we will be looking for a new coach.


April 29th, 2011
9:44 am

Who would want him after watching that interview?


April 29th, 2011
10:04 am

Looks like a lot of UGA fans on here blogging as GT fans…really, guys, do you not have real lives to follow? Oh, that’s right, the night shift at Mickey D’s doesn’t start for awhile.
Oh yeah…in case you are wondering, I am a retired GT alum, in my mid 50’s, so I do have the time and money to be here.

Hewitt fan

April 29th, 2011
10:43 am

I know a big secret, GT fans are about to be real sad!..


April 29th, 2011
10:47 am

let him go and save the place for next year


April 29th, 2011
10:47 am

I’m glad they are finally starting to communicate. The only reason Parks hasn’t talked with the new coach is because he hasn”t made the effort. I know Gregory and Radacovich have both tried.

Dollar Bill

April 29th, 2011
11:41 am

Georgia fans are pathetic!! To hang out on the Tech blog site and make comments.

Drew Newton

April 29th, 2011
2:13 pm

Solid info! I wonder if this’ll show up on CoachWatcher. CW is the place to go for all the coaching info, news, and rumors.


April 29th, 2011
5:03 pm

TOO MANY RED FLAGS HERE! I suspect that the new coach is happy it is turning out like this.


April 29th, 2011
6:01 pm

The YouTube video posted above is hilarious! His father is a friggin moron.

“The year before last, that would be two years ago….”

Yeah, thanks for that clarification genius.

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