Is Kobe Paras ready for the pros? Let him show you.

Is Kobe Paras ready for the pros? Let him show you.
Is Kobe Paras ready to go pro? (FIILE PHOTO by Nati Harnik / AP)

Kobe Paras has dropped a bomb shell early Friday, releasing a video announcement of him foregoing college and “going pro”.

The 6’6” swingman has long been the leading proponent of the Filipino dream to make in to the NBA, and now is his chance to fulfill his, and the hoops-crazy nation's longtime wish.

Kobe's legend really started to grow after he, at 15 years old, "dunked" on LeBron James back in 2013.

 

While it’s important to manage expectations, it’s also time to look at how Kobe’s skills have progressed. 

Paras, son of Philippine basketball legend Benjie, played for De La Salle Greenhills in high school. After showing promise, he relocated to the U.S. to pursue his athletic career.

He then suited up for the Creighton University Bluejays, where he got his first reps in the NCAA Division 1. 

After a year with the Bluejays, he decided to transfer to California State University-Northridge, but announced his plans to leapfrog his way to the professional level even before tallying any minutes for the Matadors.

He was also part of the Philippine basketball squad that put on a show back in the FIBA 3x3 World Cup in France last June, and was a gold medalist for Gilas Pilipinas in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur.

Meanwhile, Paras has been peppering his social media feed with incredible dunks, shots, and overall feats of athleticism. 

Kobe has the confidence, the athleticism, and the flow to his game to compete with the best of them, the only question is, can he stand out?

The 2018 NBA Draft will take place this June 22, and it’s safe to say our hoops-crazy nation will be watching more keenly that ever before. 

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