Fil-Am Parks goes to Japan, Animam to Serbia

Posted by watchmen
August 25, 2021
Posted in SPORTS

By Adrian Stewart Co

Two Philippine-based basketball players are set to spread their wings abroad with Bobby Ray Parks Jr. playing in Japan and Jack Danielle Animam signing with a professional league in Serbia.

Bobby Ray Parks Jr.

In an announcement yesterday, the Nagoya Dolphins confirmed the signing of Filipino-American Parks as their Asian Player Quota players after being released by his PBA team TNT Tropang GIGA months ago.

“It is my honor and privilege to represent our team and I can’t wait to get out there and compete and do our best to bring home a championship to the city of Nagoya,” the 28-year-old Parks said.

“I’m excited to meet my teammates, management, and most especially all the fans,” added the former two-time UAAP MVP awardee during his time with the National University Bulldogs.

This will be Parks’ second overseas stint after playing for the Texas Legends in the NBA Developmental League in 2015. He also played for Alab Pilipinas in the ASEAN Basketball League.

“I love to play both ends of the floor (defense and offense) and can defend multiple positions. I like the challenge of guarding the best player,” Parks said.

“I do my best to attack, read and create opportunities for my teammates and can knock down the three-ball,” added the former Gilas Pilipinas mainstay.

Nagoya, which is being mentored by Shingo Kajiyama, is hoping to improve its fourth place finish with a 32-24 slate in the West District last season.

Meanwhile, Animam has come to terms with the Radnički Kragujevac in the First Women’s Basketball League of Serbia, moving her a step closer to possible WNBA stint in the future.

“I’m just so happy and proud that I got this far. It’s so overwhelming right now and I’m just super excited,” said the 6-foot-2 Bulacan-native Animam. “I can’t wait to go out there and play with them.”

Prior to her Serbia stint, Animam won a number of titles with NU Lady Bulldogs in UAAP before playing as import for the Shih Hsin University in the University Basketball Association (UBA) in Taiwan, and in the United States in the Atlanta Entertainment Basketball League (AEBL).

As a member of the national women’s basketball team, Animam was also a double gold medal winner during the 2019 Southeast Asian Games as part of the 5-on-5 and 3-on-3 basketball team.

Radnički, which is being mentored by Nenad Milovanović, finished the First Women’s Basketball League last season at eighth place out in the standings with a 7-15 win-loss slate./ASC, WDJ

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