Benjie Paras a proud papa bear for true student-athlete Kobe

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on May 25, 2017 08:32 PM
Benjie Paras a proud papa bear for true student-athlete Kobe
PLAY HARD, STUDY HARD. Kobe Paras is seeing his redshirt year as an opportunity to concentrate on academics. (Photo courtesy of Kobe Paras)

A lot has changed from the last time Kobe Paras was in the Philippines until now he has returned.

Since being back in Manila last Friday, the Filipino prospect in the US has looked nothing but bigger and better.

More than having grown into his six-foot six-inch frame, however, Paras has grown into a bigger and better young man – according to proud papa Benjie. “Nandun na yung maturity sa kanya. The way he talks to people, mature na,” he shared.

He then continued, talking more about his son’s mental growth, “Tapos yung tapang. He’s not a pushover. Kahit sino, ‘di niya aatrasan.”

That mental growth has apparently extended even to his life decisions.

Just having committed to his third school in the last four years, the now 19-year-old has remained upbeat. “Sa decision na yun, wala akong alam masyado kasi sila nag-decide ng handler niya. Sabi lang nila, he will be better off in LA,” the elder Paras shared.

He then continued, “Pero I don’t see any frustration coming from him. So ako naman, I will just support whatever decision he made.”

Kobe first committed to UCLA before being pushed to move to Creighton. There, he was sparingly used for one season until deciding to take his talents to Cal State Northridge.

Now back in LA with Cal State Northridge, he will have to sit out one season before being eligible to play in the US NCAA.

Even though his career has needed another fresh start, the hyper-athletic forward is choosing to see the silver linings. As his father put it, “Sinabi pa nga niya na it’s a good thing magkakaroon ng residency kasi he can get more units and concentrate on his studies. Nakakatuwa marinig kasi bihira yun.”

Asked about it, Kobe answered, “As of now, I’m just gonna focus on myself for a year by getting better in academics and building better relationships with people. Next, next year, my focus will then be playing for Cal State Northridge.”

When that time comes, Philippine basketball legend Benjie wants to see much more change from his son. “Sa akin, kailangan pa niya mag-improve sa lahat. Pero siguro, sa akin, focus din sa depensa,” he said.

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