MACOMB, Il. – Terell Parks became the second Western Illinois Leatherneck from the 2012-13 squad to sign a professional basketball contract Tuesday (August 6). Parks signed a deal with VAP Kolossos Rodou, a team based in Rhodes, Greece. Ceola Clark III signed a contract with Sigal Prishtina in Kosovo earlier this summer.
Parks professional basketball quest began shortly after the 2012-13 season wrapped up. His first priority was to find an agent.
"You have to choose someone you can trust to find you a job and make sure you get paid," Parks said. He signed with Chris Patrick of Court Vision XL. "Right from the jump we had a good relationship, and he would tell me the ups and downs for every offer, and I had to take in consideration what I wanted to do" Parks added.
The process of finding an agent involved a few people close to Parks. "I had about six or seven people that I could go to and we would go over questions to ask (an agent candidate)," Parks said. The Leathernecks coaching staff of Jim Molinari, Wade Hokenson, and Josh Wolfe were instrumental.
"They didn't have to help me, I had already graduated, but they took the time to lead me in the right direction and help me out," Parks said. "Coach Mo would put together questions for me, and (coaching staff) were there for me when I needed them," Parks added.
After finding the perfect fit with an agent, the next step was to find a team. A team from Ukraine was one of the first seeking out Parks' talents. Although it wasn't the only reason Parks' turned down a chance to play in Ukraine, the weather was a factor. "It's just too cold over there for me," Parks said.
VAP Kolossos Rodou competes in the well-respected Greek League, and finished 8-18 last season. There was a lot to like about the offer from the team. "It's one of the better leagues overseas, and it's just a beautiful place," Parks said.
The Beloit, Wisconsin native was named the Summit League's Defensive Player of the Year in 2012-13, and was a First Team All-Conference selection. He was named Honorable Mention All-Conference in 2011-12, and was also named to the All-Newcomer team that season.
Parks looks to continue to build on an already outstanding basketball career. "I want to go somewhere to push myself, and I can do that (with VAP Kolossos Rodou)," Parks said.
While he looks to make a mark in Greece, the ultimate goal is to return to the United States as a professional basketball player.
"If I keep working, I can work my way into the (NBA), and I know if I keep working at it, I could get there eventually," Parks added.
Kyle A. Bradt
Assistant Director of Athletics Media Services
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