Kobe Paras has gone a long way in his academic and basketball career. The twenty two year old 6’6” son of famous basketball player and actor Benjie Paras always had a passion for basketball since high school.
Kobe was a Star Scholar Honoree and a summa cum laude graduate at the Cathedral High School in Los Angeles, California. He attended college at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) for less than a year as he had to withdraw for failing to meet the university’s academic requirements. He then enrolled to Creighton University and played for its home team, Creighton Bluejays. However, after the freshman season, Kobe wasn’t able to secure a regular playing role in the university basketball team leading him to Cal State Northridge. Due to the young man’s aspiration to be a professional basketball player, he left Cal State and flew back to his homeland – the Philippines. Today, Kobe is one of the players in the most respected educational institution in the country, the University of the Philippines’ Fighting Maroons. The young athlete didn’t think twice to pick UP among all the universities trying to recruit him, “The University of the Philippines is the most respected educational institution in the country. The attraction of UP is not just its basketball program, which just gets better each year, but the world-class education it is known for.”
In the whole UAAP Season 82 Tournament, Kobe is the only active player scoring double figures in all his games. The young athlete leaves sports fans in awe as he demonstrates outstanding basketball performance in court: steals, rebounds, passes, layups, free throws, and slam dunks. Sports analysts and fans alike laud praises for his promising career. Paras also shared, “I’m just happy to be given another chance in life and basketball.”
When Kobe signed up for the UP basketball squad, he expressed his excitement for two things: getting the best education from the top university in the Philippines and paving the way of the UP Men’s Basketball Team towards the championship.