Bobby Ray Parks Jr., the second overall pick in the 2018 PBA Rookie Draft, will finally see action in the Commissioner's Cup.
Parks was unable to suit up for Blackwater in the Philippine Cup because of his stint with the San Miguel-Alab Pilipinas in the ASEAN Basketball League. But with Alab eliminated after losing in the quarterfinals, Parks is now available to join the team in practice soon.
New Elite coach Aris Dimaunahan told ESPN5 they will give Parks some time to rest before he joins the team.
"We are just waiting for Rayray to recover from his ABL stint, but yes, he will play for us in the next conference," said Dimaunahan. "Rayray could bring a lot of things to the table, his versatility, athleticism and winning attitude will definitely boost our chances in the next conference."
With Parks in their fold, Dimaunahan, who recently took over the reins from Bong Ramos, hopes to turn the franchise's fortunes around, starting in the Commissioner's Cup.
"I know this is a tough task but my goal is to prepare the team in the best possible way we could with the help of our (assistant) coaches like Rommel (Adducul), Bogs (Adornado), Junjie (Ablan), Tylon (Darjuan)," Dimaunahan added.
For their import, Blackwater team governor Silliman Sy said the Elite had initial talks with former NBA player Greg Smith, who averaged 27.7 points, 21.2 rebounds, 5.1 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.0 block per game for them in the 2017 Commissioner's Cup.
Smith, however, won't be available until June.
"We will be meeting with coach Aris and the coaching staff on Friday to discuss our import options," Sy said.
Dimaunahan said they are eyeing someone who is a rim protector and reliable in the post.
"I feel we need an import who can help the team control the glass, an inside presence who could protect the paint for us," he said. "We need a guy who could generate scoring opportunities not only for himself but for the rest of the team also."