Bobby Ray Parks, Jr. is finally headed to the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA).
Parks, accompanied by his agent Charlie Dy, filed his application for the 2018 PBA Rookie Draft on Thursday at the league office in Quezon City.
The former NU standout is projected to go in the top three, along with CJ Perez of Lyceum and Robert Bolick of San Beda. Bolick, 23, also submitted his application on Thursday, ensuring that the projected top three will be in the draft scheduled for December 16.
The 25-year-old Parks, who is the son of the late seven-time PBA Best Import Bobby Parks, played for the NU Bulldogs in college where he became a two-time league MVP.
He was a member of the Mandaluyong El Tigre in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL), but will be suiting up again for San Miguel Alab Pilipinas in the ASEAN Basketball League (ABL). He won the ABL Local MVP award last season with averages of 15.4 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 3.5 assists.
Parks also had a stint with Gilas Pilipinas in the 2016 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament.
The Blackwater Elite, which owns the number two pick, had indicated that they plan to select Parks after the Columbian Dyip expressed their intention to snag Perez as the top overall pick.
Bolick, the six-foot one guard who led the Red Lions to a three-peat last month, also won a title in the PBA D-League Aspirants Cup with Cignal last year, winning finals MVP in the process. The NorthPort Batang Pier own the no. 3 pick but have not yet publicly stated who they will be selecting. Perez and Bolick were named to the Gilas 23 for '23 pool earlier this year, a selection of top young Filipino players who are being groomed to form the core of the national team for the 2023 FIBA World Cup which the country is hosting along with Japan and Indonesia.
Also applying together with Parks were former FEU forward Arvin Tolentino, former Ateneo center GBoy Babolonia, and former San Beda forward Jun Bonsubre.
Tolentino, a versatile six-four forward, played his final UAAP game just last Saturday, a 61-80 FEU loss to Ateneo in the UAAP Season 81 Final Four. Babilonia, son of the late former PBA center Gido, last suited up for the Blue Eagle in UAAP Season 79. Bonsubre, a six-three forward whose last NCAA appearance was in 2016, was part of the Red Lions' famed Super Six of NCAA Season 88 and is currently playing for the El Tigre in the MPBL.