Blackwater Elite's Ray Parks Jr. says he's not here to be a 'savior'

Parks Jr. on his much-awaited PBA debut (3:53)

Bobby Ray Parks Jr., the second overall pick from the 2018 draft, spoke about following the footsteps of his father, PBA Hall of Famer Ray Parks Sr., as well as joining the Blackwater Elite for the upcoming Commissioners' Cup. (3:53)

Incoming Blackwater rookie Ray Parks said he's not coming in as some sort of a "savior" for the Elite, who are coming off a disappointing campaign in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup.

Parks, who earlier this week signed a two-conference deal, stressed that basketball is still a five-man game on the court.

"I believe in the team. I'm not gonna be the savior of the team, I'll be honest about that. It's not one man going to beat five, it's just gonna be a collective effort," Parks told SportsCenter at ESPN5 on Thursday night.

And while longtime assistant Aris Dimaunahan will be coming in as an interim coach, Parks is confident that the Elite can turn the corner in the upcoming Commissioner's Cup thanks to the team's quick guards and youth.

"I have yet to step in at practice with them, but I believe they are a bunch of great guys and very talented for sure," said the 26-year-old wingman, who was selected second overall in the 2018 PBA Rookie Draft.

"Right now, we're trying to get up and down because speed will be our strength and I just look at our lineup, you would be able to switch a lot, especially [because] we have a lot of great defenders and have pesky guards," he added.

Asked why he decided to sign just a two-conference deal instead of the original three-year, rookie-maximum contract he was offered last December, Parks said: "For now, I just want to get my foot through the door. Me and Sir Charlie Dy and all my mentors had made a decision on that. They felt that's best for me, to just sign up first and keep the ball rolling from there."

The 6-foot-4 Parks is coming off a stint with San Miguel-Alab Pilipinas, which saw its title defense in the ASEAN Basketball League come to an end after losing to Hong Eastern Lions in their quarterfinal series. Parks averaged 15.8 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.3 assists for Alab in 29.9 minutes in the 2019 ABL season.

The two-time ABL Local MVP's talent is sure to help a Blackwater side that opened the 2019 season minus veterans JP Erram, Nard Pinto and Paul Zamar, all of whom were traded or lost to free agency in the offseason.