Kai Sotto is now participating in the NBA Summer League, the same competition that Bobby Ray Parks Jr. took part in exactly eight years ago.
Back in 2015, Ray Parks Jr. was a 22-year-old rising Filipino hooper who reflected the country’s ambitions of being represented in the NBA. At the time, the country’s hopes were centered on Parks.
After going undrafted in the 2015 NBA Draft, the 6-foot-4 combination guard was extended an invitation to play for the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA Summer League. He made history by participating in the NBA’s summer league as the first player born in the Philippines to do so.
In an Instagram story on Tuesday, Ray Parks Jr. made a reference to the time he spent with the NU Bulldogs by re-posting a photo that his friend Ranie Martin Go had taken of him playing in an NBA game. Parks was a member of the NU Bulldogs.
Bobby Ray Parks Jr. played around 10.5 minutes per game for six games for the Mavericks and averaged 3.0 points and 1.7 rebounds.
Even though Ray Park Jr.’s hopes of playing in the NBA were never realized, the 30-year-old shooter has had a prosperous career in both the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) and the Japan B.League (B.League).
Sotto, meantime, is continuing to prepare himself for some intense on-court action during the NBA Summer League.
Fans of the Orlando Magic are getting agitated because the 7-foot-3 center has not appeared for the team in either of their two games thus far.
However, if the 21-year-old Sotto is given a chance, Parks and the rest of the Filipino community and NBA Online Betting PH will show their support for him.
If this tryout does not result in a contract with the NBA, Kaiju still has many opportunities.