Bobby Ray Parks Jr., the second overall pick in the recent PBA Draft, joined the Blackwater Elite for the first time on Monday after three weeks of rest.
Parks, who signed just for the remainder of the 2019 season, is expected to provide instant offense and leadership for the Elite.
"We're just happy to have Rayray with the team now," Blackwater's interim coach Aris Dimaunahan told ESPN5 on Monday.
"We are coming off a four-day break so we just again worked on our conditioning in the weights room headed by our strengths and conditioning coach Daniel Olan. Then we dedicated the next hour introducing our offense to Rayray with some shooting drills."
Elite guard Mike DiGregorio believes the Elite can rebound from its dismal Philippine Cup showing now that Parks has joined the squad.
"Ray is a good addition to our team and we're happy to have him. First day today with him was good, just to have him acclimate himself with the system and our team," said DiGregorio.
Fans expect Parks to bring the Elite to a higher level, but Dimaunahan is tempering expectations this early.
"No individual can win it for us but it has to be a collective effort to be able to get wins," stressed Dimaunahan. "And the whole team together with Rayray vow to work hard everyday with a common goal. And with those constant daily improvements, camaraderie and togetherness, we can achieve a lot of things."
Parks averaged 15.8 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.3 assists for Alab in 29.9 minutes in the 2019 ABL season.