Filipino high school basketball phenom Kobe Paras will be playing at Creighton University after he signed an agreement to play with them this coming season.
Coach Greg McDermott announced the signing Monday, calling Paras Kobe is a “versatile, scoring, wing forward.” He added, “He’s extremely athletic and has good natural instincts for the game of basketball.”
Kobe Paras also posted on his Twitter account his commitment with the Creighton University BlueJays.
Paras is only 19 years of age and according to 247Sports, he is a three-star prospect while scouts rank him as a four-star talent prospect.
At first, Paras was committed to join the UCLA Bruins but withdrew after failing to achieve academic conditions that were part of his admittance. He has four years of eligibility to play with Creighton University.
Kobe spent the past two years in Los Angeles where he played at Cathedral High School. He averaged 15 points per game as a junior before playing for Middlebrooks Academy in his senior year.
He will showcase his talents at Creighton University against other formidable teams in the NCAA division one. NBA players who suited up for them include Atlanta Hawks’ Kyle Korver, Sacramento Kings’ Anthony Tolliver and Chicago Bulls’ Doug McDermott.
Paras also led the Philippine team twice in the FIBA Worlds Under 18 3×3 competition where he also won as a two-time slam dunk champion against opponents from basketball powerhouses US, China and Spain.
He is a native Filipino player who started his basketball career at the De Lasalle Zobel School before going to Los Angeles. He is the son of two-time Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) MVP and actor Benjie Paras.
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