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Ray Parks signs with Nagoya Diamond Dolphins in Japan B.League

Ray Parks is officially headed to Japan.

The versatile 6-foot-4 guard was announced as the latest signee of the Nagoya Diamond Dolphins in the Japan Basketball League under the Asian Player Quota rule.

The team announced the development on Tuesday, saying the 6-foot-4 versatile guard will play come the 2021-2022 season under the Asian Player Quota rule.



The Filipino-American cager was able to do so after he formally secured his clearance from Talk 'N Text, his former club in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA), to see action in the foreign league.

Nagoya is a team that plays in the league's first division and with Parks on board, there are now a total of six Filipinos set to show their wares in the Japanese league.

Thirdy Ravena is tipped for his second tour of duty with the San-En NeoPhoenix while his older brother, Kiefer, will play for the Shiga Lakestars once he completes the 2021 PBA Philippine Cup with mother team NLEX.

Meanwhile, brothers Juan and Javi Gomez de Liaño are also heading to the Land of the Rising Sun.

Javi will play for the Ibaraki Robots while Juan will suit up for the Earth Friends Tokyo Z in the second division. Prior to Parks, another Gilas prospect in Kemark Carino was tapped to power the Aomori Wat's in Division 2.

Parks, though, will be marching to the B.League with a stacked resume.

After testing his luck in the NBA back in 2015 where he went undrafted, the 28-year-old wingman joined Alab Pilipinas for the ASEAN Basketball League (ABL). He steered the team to a championship in 2018 and was able to scoop three MVP awards for himself.

He was also a former second overall pick by Blackwater during the 2018 PBA Rookie Draft and was traded to Tropang Giga the following year.

The son of celebrated PBA import Bobby Parks Sr. was also a key cog for the national team. He donned the national colors in the country's campaign in the 2011, 2013 and 2017 editions of the SEA Games---all of which ended with a gold medal.

He was also part of the national team that saw action in the 2015 SEABA Championship that captured another gold.

—Bea Micaller/JMB, GMA News