Published: Wednesday 11 July, 2018

Kobe Paras Joins UP Fighting Maroons to Take on the Best in UAAP Season 82

Basketball hotshot Kobe Paras stunned the collegiate basketball world with an announcement today: he is joining the UP Fighting Maroons. With the move, Kobe will follow the footsteps of his father, Benjie Paras.

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But Kobe points out that joining the Up Fighting Maroons was his own decision. The young Paras also says he wants to make his own wave and not just follow the footsteps of his famous father, who gave UP its only UAAP championship in 1986.

Talk of a UAAP championship will have to wait, however. At least for a year. Because Kobe won’t be eligible to play in the UAAP until next year, in Season 82.

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Just like his good friend, Ricci Rivero, Kobe Paras will have to wait out a one year residency before they can wear the Fighting Maroons’ colors in the prestigious collegiate tournament. For now, he and Ricci will be busy familiarizing themselves with the team, and also practicing with the national team for the Asian Games in August.

Kobe Paras was a prized player of La Salle Greenhills in high school and was committed to the DLSU Green Archers. But that was before he decided to continue his studies in the US. 

Now back home, Kobe says he hopes not only to help the UP Fighting Maroons but also himself get a good college education.

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“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,” said Kobe.