Kobe Paras joins Juan GDL, Ricci Rivero in UP for UAAP Season 82
The three Gilas cadets at the bottom of this photo (Ricci Rivero, Kobe Paras, Juan GDL) will all be playing for UP in UAAP Season 82 (Photo courtesy of UP Men's Basketball Twitter account, @upmbt)
The future of the University of the Philippines just keeps getting brighter and brighter.
Already with a fully-loaded lineup for UAAP Season 81 and with Ricci Rivero coming in Season 82, the Fighting Maroons have secured the services of yet another Gilas cadet in Kobe Paras.
“I look forward to the challenge of helping make UP a better basketball team as well as the challenge of helping myself become a better student,” he said in the team’s release on Wednesday.
Paras will have to serve a one-year residency before being eligible to suit up for State U in Season 82.
Then, he and Rivero will be debuting for the maroon and green, joining Javi and Juan Gomez de Liano, Will Gozum, Jun Manzo, and Nigerian powerhouse Bright Akhuetie.
All Gilas cadets, Paras, Rivero, Juan GDL, and Gozum are now also teammates in Diliman.
Still, head coach Bo Perasol said that winning needs much more than just talent. “We are fortunate to have a talent like Kobe on board, but winning, as experience has shown us, takes more than talent. We have to get everyone on the same page and to play the right way,” he said.
Nonetheless, the addition of Paras is yet another big-time move for UP’s long-suffering basketball program.
And on a more personal note, he will be following in the footsteps of father Benjie who won for the Fighting Maroons their last championship in the ‘80s as well as brother Andrei who played for them for one season.
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