Promising Filipino basketball player Kobe Paras is no longer connected with the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) Bruins after withdrawing from the school for not meeting the academic conditions, according to the UCLA Athletic Department.
“Incoming freshman guard Kobe Paras, admitted upon condition to UCLA, has withdrawn from the university due to academic conditions of his admission not being met,” said a statement posted on the UCLA Athletic Department’s website.
The high-leaping 6’6 Paras, the son of 1989 Philippine Basketball Association Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player Benjie Paras, is considered by many as the next big thing in Philippine basketball because of his shooting prowess and sheer athleticism.
Before joining the Bruins last year, Paras was a star cager in Cathedral High School. He played for La Salle Greenhills before flying to the United States two years ago.
Kobe was also a member of the Philippine team that won the gold medal in the 2013 Southeast Asia Basketball Association 16-U meet in Indonesia. He also won two slam dunk titles during the 2013 and 2015 FIBA 3X3 Under-18 World Championship.
The Manila Times tried its best to contact Kobe’s father Benjie but he’s not responding as of press time. JOSEF T. RAMOS