Kobe Paras officially joined the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Bruins men’s basketball team that participates in the United States National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I.
“Officially a Bruin. Wouldn’t be here today without my family @coachmiddlebrks @EtopUdoEma @Compton_Magic,” Kobe announced via Twitter on Thursday. @Im_Not_Kobe. “Hey teammates @ZO2_ @IkePostrs,” he said in another post.
Paras will begin playing for the Bruins in the 2016 to 2017 NCAA season.
Paras is currently a student at Los Angeles Cathedral High School and is playing for the Middlebrooks Academy basketball team.
Kobe is the son of Benjie Paras, who was named Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player in the Philippine Basketball Association in 1989. He also won a second MVP plum in 1999.
“I’m really happy of what he [Kobe] achieved. He just told me the other day that he was going to sign up with UCLA and then I just found out that he already did a few hours later,” Benjie told The Manila Times in a phone interview. “I reminded him that it is not going to be easy but I’m proud of him.”
A number of prominent National Basketball Association players came from UCLA among them Kevin Love of the Cleveland Cavaliers, Russel Westbrook of the Oklahoma Thunder, Zach LaVine of the Minnesota Timberwolves as well as retired players Reggie Miller, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Bill Walton.
Josef T. Ramos