Kobe Paras officially signs with UCLA Bruins

Kobe Paras has officially signed with the UCLA Bruins, this was announced by Coach Steve Alford on UCLA’s Athletics website. The 6-foot-6 Paras, who has committed to play for UCLA for the past two years, has sent Alford a signed National Letter of Intent on Wednesday. He will enroll at UCLA in 2016 and play as freshman for Westwood in the 2016-17 academic year. The 18-year-old son of a former Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) MVP currently studies at Cathedral High School and plays for the Middlebrooks Academy Team where he is averaging 15 points per game.

“We’re always looking for players who’ve grown up immersed in basketball, and Kobe definitely fits that mold. He just loves the game,” Alford said of the Filipino standout guard. He is the current FIBA 3×3 Under-18 slam dunk champion in June 2015; winning the title two times since 2013 and representing the Philippines on both occasions. “To add a talented player like Kobe to our program is terrific. He’s a very athletic guard who plays with tremendous energy,” Alford said. “We like how he can attack off the dribble and get to the rim in the open court, and we’re excited that he’ll be joining us in Westwood,” the coach added. Along with Paras, the Bruins also signed 6-foot-10, 240-pound center Ike Anigbogu from Centennial High School and 6-foot-5 guard Lonzo Ball from Chino Hills High School. Kobe Paras took to Instagram to express his excitement over the recent development. “Officially a bruin can’t wait for the next chapters in my life! Thank you to everyone out there supporting my journey. Much love to @comptonmagic & Coach Middlebrooks! This one is for my family back home,” Paras wrote. Paras is the youngest son of “Tower of Power” Benjie Paras, a former PBA cager and the only player to win MVP and Rookie of the Year (ROY) awards in the same season (1989).
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