The University of the Philippines (UP) Fighting Maroons is welcoming a prodigy – Kobe Paras.
UP Coach Bo Perasol confirmed on Wednesday the addition of the 20-year-old Paras in their men’s basketball team after his excellent performance as a Gilas Cadet.
The Fighting Maroons won their first and only University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) championship in 1986 with Benjie Paras, the father of Kobe, leading the title charge.
However, Paras still need to serve a one-year residency before being allowed by the league officials to suit up for the UAAP Season 82, which starts next year.
Paras played for the La Salle Greenhills during high school years before moving to the United States, where he played for Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska during the 2016-17 school year before committing with California State University-Northridge, in Los Angeles.
Paras has also represented the country in international competitions such as the 2017 Fiba 3×3 World Cup, 2017 William Jones Cup, and 2017 Southeast Asian Games, where he was part of the historic gold medal-winning effort of the Philippine team.
Incidentally, Paras will be reuniting with his fellow Gilas Cadet and La Salle Green Hills Junior Blazers’ player Ricci Rivero whose services was also acquired by the UP team.