Georgia Tech’s ‘mystery recruit’ not released from scholarship pending further investigation

Georgia Tech officials told the AJC on Friday that basketball recruit Bobby Parks Jr. has not been released from his letter of intent because the ACC school is investigating further.

The 6-foot-4 guard is dubbed the “mystery recruit” and Georgia Tech coach Brian Gregory has said it’s “the most bizarre recruiting situation that I have ever seen.”

Gregory told the AJC that he would grant a release to Parks, if requested, along with making some more interesting comments. It was requested by Parks but it hasn’t been granted yet and its future status is unknown. A Georgia Tech spokesman on Friday:

“At this time, Georgia Tech has not released Bobby Parks, Jr., from his national letter-of-intent. We would like to investigate further his interest in attending Georgia Tech, and also his eligibility status according to ACC and NCAA rules. To this end, we need to speak directly with Bobby and his family in order to get the information we need. At that time, we will be able to make a decision regarding his future at Georgia Tech.”

The 6-foot-4 guard was recruited and signed in last November’s early period with ex-Georgia Tech coach Paul Hewitt. Gregory, the new coach of the Yellow Jackets, has only had contact via email with Parks and his family, who live in the Philippines.

The recruit’s father wrote in an email to the AJC on Thursday saying that Parks had requested a scholarship release from Georgia Tech because of the coaching change.

It’s a confusing situation, a recruiting soap equal to or greater than what’s going on with Rockdale County High School’s Kevin Ware, the former Tennessee recruit who de-committed from Central Florida on Thursday night.

Back to Parks: SI has dubbed Parks as “The lost boy of the Class of 2011″ in article by Luke Winn. Here’s a brief excerpt on the recruit’s background and situation (click here to read full article):

This is what happened: After SI.com wrote about Parks at a 2009 high school all-star camp in Philadelphia, he played his junior year at Melrose High in Memphis, winning a state title alongside Adonis Thomas, the No. 1 recruit in all of Tennessee. In the summer of 2010, Parks’ father, Bobby Ray Sr., a former Memphis State star who’s a basketball legend in the Philippines, having been named the PBA’s “best import” player a record seven straight times from 1987-93, took a job as the sports development director at National University in Manila. He took Parks Jr. along and enrolled him in home-schooling. Parks Sr. was also in the middle of a four-year battle with laryngeal cancer, and while he received successful treatment on his malignant tumor, his son remained with him in Manila.

By late 2010, Parks Jr. obtained the credits necessary to enroll at National University as a freshman, and began starring for its basketball team, the Bulldogs, in offseason tournaments. He’s expected to lead them in the 2011 University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) season that runs from July through October. Breathless commenters on a story from a recent game in which Parks Jr. scored 20 points, grabbed eight rebounds and dished out four assists said that he should be nicknamed “the phenom” and was playing like a “mini LeBron.” While Rivals ranks Parks Jr. as the No. 117 prospect in his class, he is easily the most dominant 18-year-old in the Philippines.

An NCAA spokesperson told SI.com that if Parks Jr. wants to play Division I in the future, he’d be treated like a college transfer rather than a recruit, meaning that he’d have to sit out one full season before taking the floor. He could apply for a transfer waiver due to the circumstances of his departure from the U.S.; Parks Sr. says that had his employment situation not necessitated going abroad, his son would have remained in Memphis, on track to enroll at Georgia Tech. As it stands, Parks Jr. has not yet submitted any paperwork to the NCAA Initial-Eligibility Clearinghouse.

Check back for updates.

Meanwhile, here’s some old YouTube video of Parks Sr. and Jr.

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29 comments Add your comment

ramblinman

April 29th, 2011
6:52 pm

strange situation. first you hear that he’s coming to tech then that he’s playing college ball in the phillipines or that he’s playing pro ball in the phillipines. and now that tech is going to “investigate further his interest in attending georgia tech”?

Paddy

April 29th, 2011
7:56 pm

Who Cares????????????? This is why basketball has gone so far downhill with the public.

RambleOn84

April 29th, 2011
8:47 pm

If he doesn’t want to come here, let him go…I don’t understand what all the confusion is.

Michael Carvell

April 29th, 2011
9:12 pm

@RambleOn84, I agree with you. This seems like a big waste of time for Georgia Tech. However, they may be getting pressure from the ACC and NCAA offices to teach a lesson to Parks & family about protocol, etc.

Mr. Ford

April 29th, 2011
9:15 pm

IMHO, I’d not want him nor his questional committment(and disruptiveness) ever mentioned aroung GT again. Release him and move on; thus avoiding potential NCAA investigation(s). Where there’s smoke ,,,,

Who cares (the original)

April 29th, 2011
9:19 pm

Move on to other players already, in any other situation coaches try to run off players who are on the fence when they arrive to a new school. I would rather they look at Ware. I know we were not in his final two, but he did say he was interested. Maybe if our new coach shows some interest he would do teh same.

Go Jackets!!!!1

RomeDawg

April 29th, 2011
10:33 pm

What an odd year in recruiting, between Parks and Ware. Good luck to both young men, I just hope neither ends up in Athens.

Jacket Man

April 29th, 2011
10:57 pm

“What an odd year in recruiting, between Parks and Ware”…I hear John Calapari is after both of them. ;)

Jacket Man

April 29th, 2011
10:58 pm

And yes, that WAS a joke.

Flavor Flav

April 29th, 2011
11:30 pm

C’mon Tech, release the kid and let both of you go on your own way. Sounds like Coach NoName is worried that he won’t be able to recruit a kid to take his place so he’s attempting to strong arm him into playing at Tech.

Dirt McGirt

April 30th, 2011
1:53 am

Whoa..the Dude in the middle must be the Filipino representative of the Sacred Order of D. Orlando Ledbetter Intergalactic Bow Tie Domination Brotherhood, otherwise known in the industry by the acronym: SODOLIBTDB. I’m officially disconcerted.

JacketBacker01

April 30th, 2011
3:18 am

@Michael Carvell: If that’s the case, then the ACC should handle it. GT should just grant the release and be done.

FAN

April 30th, 2011
6:49 am

Georgia Tech
Hire: Brian Gregory
Replaced: Paul Hewitt
Grade: D
Comments: In case you thought this class was an easy A, allow me to present the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and their new coach, former Dayton head man Brian Gregory. Gregory has had some success as a head coach, but he was one of the least inspiring hires in recent memory. When Dayton fans are cheering a coach’s move to another school with snarky on-campus signs, you know something’s not quite right. Tech doesn’t deserve an F here, if only because its budget was hamstrung by Paul Hewitt’s still-incredible $7 million buyout. Belt-tightening or no, though, Tech could have scoured the mid-major ranks for any number of more exciting candidates with arguably higher upsides.

Vick=Dog killing Thug

April 30th, 2011
7:37 am

Geez… 7 million for a buy out.. Incredible

RambleOn84

April 30th, 2011
8:02 am

Thanks for the explanation Michael.

I wish we weren’t being used as a tool by the ACC and/or NCAA.

Gregory needs to be out finding other recruits, yet we are having to waste our time with this kid and his family.

What a mess for Gregory to have to deal with.

Oh well…hopefully it will resolve itself soon…GO JACKETS!

It Ain't Rocket Science

April 30th, 2011
8:31 am

Does Tech. have to honor his letter if he is already playing for another university, albeit one overseas? If not, I think Coach Gregory would be wise to just cancel it out and try to fill the slot with someone else. He might be a world beater for his university over there, but I doubt he has seen the competition level and be a world beater in the NCAA. It is a little different when at 6′4″, you are considered small in the NCAA and over there you are eligable to be a center or power forward.

collegeballfan

April 30th, 2011
9:39 am

It sounds like the Parks have their own thing going in Manila. Will he even be eligible for any NCAA school? Until Parks submits his paperwork to the Clearinghouse he is not attending any NCAA school. Tech releasing him sounds like a “besides the point” thing.

Personally I would not release him until I had a talk with him and his father.

Tech has Brandon Reed, transfer from Arkansas State, eligible for this season. He will help with the loss of Shumpert if he goes pro. Reed is a nice player – ” Earned Sun Belt Conference Freshman of the Year honors in the 2009-10 season … Led the Red Wolves in scoring at 15.1 points a game … Averaged 16.8 points in league play.”

rxdawg79

April 30th, 2011
9:42 am

@RambleOn84: totally agree. This kid’s half a world away and Gregory says he hasn’t even been able to talk to him. It’s not like he can scoot over to Douglasville and see what’s up. If this were a poker game it would be time to fold the hand and use your chips on a better one.

Neither Gregory nor GT needs this mess.

BYRDDAWG

April 30th, 2011
9:54 am

Sounds like Stephon M= Prima Dona!!!!

Hyprocrisy of GT Athletics

April 30th, 2011
10:17 am

This Parks kid sounds like a great student. What a joke!!!! You Techies like to claim that your athletes are a cut above. The truth is that Tech recruits the same academic underachievers as everyone else and blames the under performance on the field or court on high academic standards. LMAO!!!

Skitty Fritty

April 30th, 2011
10:45 am

Typical Tech hypocrisy

threetrone

April 30th, 2011
11:49 am

don’t let this one go this time; force him to honor the Tech scholarship; too many have renigged on Tech scholarships and became employed by the NBA; the Derrick Favors RAT makes NBA case was an example of what Tech does not want; it makes a case for Tech to force recruits to stay there by signing something promising to play for Tech or else not join an NBA team for the normal 4 years they would have spent at Tech; Favors case also makes a case for Tech to not recruit players they feel might not stay at Tech; in other words, don’t recruit the best players, only the brightest with less talent; it’s just not good to have Tech as a 4 year school and have players stay for however long they want; that aint’ Tech; that’s not demonstrating a four year college education, only a showcase for NBA scouts; Tech is not a junior college offering only a two year education, or a Technical college offering a two year Associate degree in something like dental assisting or X-ray tecnician.

buzz2

April 30th, 2011
12:59 pm

Its not Coach Gregory pushing this.. . Its the NCAA and ACC to see if rules were broken before and when he signed letter of intent. Sound like Daddy controls kids future and he is only interested in going Pro. Which Hewitt was good at “one and done “.

The kid will never play at GT and the more I hear I’m glad. We don’t need that to deal with…Move on as soon as NCAA & ACC lets you C Gregory.

For the Fan@6:49..get a life. You no fan.

sting'em

April 30th, 2011
1:03 pm

Glad to see we have UGA fans on blog..Welcome.

GT Alum

April 30th, 2011
2:21 pm

FAN -

Like who? All the highly-hyped mid-major coaches used the interest from larger schools to sign big extensions.

GT Alum

April 30th, 2011
2:25 pm

Hypocrisy -

Did you even read the article? Exactly what gives you the idea this guy isn’t a good student? If it’s the home-schooling thing, a lot of home-schooled kids are better educated than kids who go through our public school system. He at least got enough credits to enroll in a university in the Philippines.

killerj

May 1st, 2011
4:54 pm

Look further Tech this sounds fishy,nip it in the bud.

FullMetalJacket

May 2nd, 2011
10:03 am

Tech is right to investigate but ultimately we need to cut this guy loose unless he changes his mind and can establish with absolute clarity his eligibility and ability. Sounds like the Parks family has had a difficult time with father’s transfer and cancer treatment, so I feel sorry for them. But if they want out, I’m sure Gregory will be happy to let them (him) go given the mess.

FullMetalJacket

May 2nd, 2011
10:06 am

Right now Coach Gregory needs clarity and a relatively clean slate to get his program going, current talent and recruits notwithstanding. We’re all glad to have Royal onboard, and hope Shumpert and others return, I’m Sure, but Parks is a problem already and no coach, especially a new one, needs that.