Bobby Ray Parks is an American professional basketball player. He is from Grand Junction, Tennessee He is a college standout for the former Memphis State University (now University of Memphis) during the 1980s but never played in the NBA.
Bobby Parks, a lithe smooth shooting guard from Grand Junction, TN, came to Memphis State, now known as the University of Memphis, in the fall of 1980 under head coach Dana Kirk and over the next four seasons, helped the Tigers to an 86-34 record, two Metro Conference Championships and three appearances in the NCAA Tournament. The Middleton High graduate appeared in 27 games as a freshman and totaled 238 points. During his second season with the Tigers, 1981-82, Parks upped his scoring average to 11.4 points per game in leading the team to a 24-5 record. As a junior, Parks received All-America honors from The Sporting News after scoring 488 points and helping his team to an NCAA Midwest Region invitation. He capped his Memphis career by again averaging in double figures in scoring and finished his senior season with a Sweet 16 appearance in the NCAA Tournament. Parks is now ranked 15th in his alma mater's career scoring with 1,266 points.
Parks was picked on the third round by the Atlanta Hawks in the 1984 NBA draft, the 58th player of 228 chosen in the draft. Wearing his trademark No. 22, Bobby played for the Hawks in the NBA preseason but was cut before the regular campaign started.
Parks began a career overseas in France in 1986 and in 1987, played in the Philippines where he would become a legend.
He made his PBA debut for San Miguel Beer in 1987 then saw action for Formula Shell up to 1998, finishing his 12-year career with nearly 9,000 points, over 3,000 rebounds and more than 1,000 assists in 220 games. In 1989, he averaged a whopping 52.6 points in 23 games with a high of 72. Parks won a PBA record of seven Best Import awards and led his team to five championships. In addition to his basketball, Parks has appeared in several Filipino movies.
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