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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