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Bobby Ray Parks Jr., a cager recruited by the National University (NU) early this year, has signed a letter of intent to play for Georgia Tech in the US. According to GMANews.tv, Georgia Tech is part of the prestigious National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I, and has produced National Basketball Association (NBA) stars like New Orleans' Jarrett Jack.
"We feel fortunate to have had (Ray) sign with us during the early signing period," Georgia Tech Coach Paul Hewitt said in the school's official athletics website. "He's a combination guard who is an excellent three-point shooter, and he has improved rapidly over the last six to nine months with his point guard play. "
However, Parks's father, Philippine Basketball Association Hall of Famer Bobby Parks, told GMANews.tv, "Yes, Ray signed a letter of intent, but that doesn't mean he has already committed to Georgia Tech. A letter of intent is like a verbal commitment that he is interested in playing there... There were offers from Gonzaga, Louisville and Marquette, but Georgia Tech has certainly drawn our interest."
"It's not true that (Parks) is now committed to play with Georgia Tech. The letter of intent is not absolute," NU Athletic Director Junel Baculi told GMANews.tv. "Right now, he is attending classes pending the approval of his eligibility to play in the UAAP." According to Manila Bulletin, Parks played for the NU Bulldogs in the Father Martin Cup Division II and the Unigames in Dumaguete.
Parks's father told GMANews.tv, "Right now, I must admit that Bobby Ray Jr. is a little bit confused. That's understandable because he is a young player... He will be the one to make the decision, not me. I'm just here to guide and support him."
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