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Fighting Maroons support Paras’ decision

Kobe Paras
Paras to pursue career overseas.

UNIVERSITY of the Philippines is ready to move on without Kobe Paras, who decided to forego his final year of UAAP men’s basketball eligibility to pursue an overseas career.

For Fighting Maroons coach Bo Perasol, now is the time for Paras to fulfill his dreams.

Kobe is too talented to be kept waiting for things to come. I believe it is his obligation to pursue these and showcase his God given talent. Our program was blessed to have been a part of his journey,” said Perasol.

Paras has joined East West Private, the same agency that manages Kai Sotto, in hopes of getting a crack in playing internationally.

The highly-regarded sports and entertainment management company yesterday

made Paras’ signing official through its Instagram account.

Let tomorrow be your second chance to prove that you are better than today and yesterday. Welcome to the family Kobe,” EWP said.

Leading UP to a third place finish in UAAP Season 82 while earning a spot in the Mythical Team, Paras averaged 16.1 points, 5.1 rebounds, 2.5 blocks, 1.8 assists and 1.1 steals per game.

Paras hopes to duplicate the feat of his father Benjie, who powered the Maroons to their lone post-war UAAP championship in 1986.

But with the uncertainties regarding when the UAAP will open shop again, it was too long of a wait for Paras, who just turned 23.

Paras and Perasol have been in touch over the past few weeks regarding the 6-foot-6 forward’s future.

In the past few weeks, Kobe and I had discussed lengthily about his various opportunities amidst this lingering pandemic situation. His commitment in helping out our program has gone beyond our initial agreement of him playing for us for one or two seasons depending on what will come his way after each season,” said Perasol.

He was unwavering in his commitment to play for another season last year. In fact, he was still committed for another season, if we play it this year. However, we are both unsure and not so hopeful that college basketball will resume this year. It is in this backdrop that we agreed that he has to pursue his other opportunities,” he added