This is probably why he was named as the Most Valuable Player in Season 74 of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) men’s basketball tournament.
The young Parks stands 6’4” in height and holds the position of point guard/small forward for the UAAP team National University Bulldogs. While professional basketball runs to his blood, Parks Jr. started playing basketball at a very young age of 13 when he and his family moved to Memphis.
He played his ninth and tenth grade at St. George’s Independent School in Collierville, Tennessee where he became the state private school player of the year in 2009. He also led the Gryphons to the Tennessee Division 2-A state title game, scoring 29 points and grabbing nine rebounds in a heartbreaking, last-second loss.
On the following year, he transferred to Melrose High School and helped his team win a class AAA state championship. By the late 2010, Parks Jr. finally obtained the credits necessary to enroll at National University in Manila as a freshman and began starring for its team – the Bulldogs – in offseason tournaments.
During the entire season, Bobby Ray Parks Jr. had an average of 20 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.9 assists, 1.1 blocks and 1.1 steals. So far, he is considered the most dominant 18-year old basketball player in the Philippines.