Bobby Parks, a smooth shooting guard from Grand Junction, TN, came to the U of M 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, who is currently ranked 15th in career scoring with 1,266 points, was drafted by the Atlanta Hawks. He began a career overseas in France in 1986 and in 1987, played in the Philippines where he would become a legend. He was the league MVP seven times and led his team to five championships. In addition to his basketball career, Parks has appeared in several Filipino movies.