THE DECISION: Kobe Paras is turning pro
Paul Lintag on Mar 09, 2018 11:58 AM
Kobe Paras is leaving CSUN to turn pro.
In a shocking turn or events, Kobe Paras is going pro.
The youngest son of former PBA Most Valuable Player Benjie Paras confirmed the news himself Friday on his social media.
"I'm going pro," Kobe said.
The 20-year-old rising star is supposed to debut for Reggie Theus' CSUN Matadors in the next US NCAA Division 1 season after he sat out this year to redshirt following his transfer from Creighton.
However, Theus' firing from CSUN has triggered Paras' decision as both player and coach were legitimately excited to work together for the Matadors.
In his true freshman season, Kobe played sparingly for a Bluejays team that was filled with veteran talent and averaged ony 1.3 points, 1.0 rebounds in 4.7 minutes per game.
In between Creighton and CSUN, Paras served the Philippine national team, seeing action in the FIBA 3x3 World Cup in France, in the Jone Cup in Taipei, and finally in the Southeast Asian Games in Malaysia where he won a gold medal with Gilas Pilipinas.
Now, Paras is set to turn pro, practically putting all leagues on notice as he continues to prepare himself for the National Basketball Association.
In a statement from Middlebrookes Basketball, Kobe's school team in the US, Benjie says that his son has his full support.
"My son is taking one of the hardest steps in his journey to date and embracing full manhood," the elder Paras said.
"Kobe was brave enough to leave home and forge his way in the United States. He has fought through continues adversity and now he is continuing to challenge himself with this decision. As it will not be easy, he has the full support of his family to emabark upon his journey and see where it leads him," he added.
If Kobe is to change his mind though, CSUN remain as option for the uber-athletic swingman.
"Kobe is in great academic standing as well as behavioral standing with CSUN and will be welcomed back if he decides not to sign with an agent and play collegiate basketball for the 2018-2019 season," the statement read.
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