I’m going pro – Kobe Paras
— koko wave | kobe paras (@_kokoparas) March 9, 2018
In a surprising turn of events, the 20-year-old Paras declared his intention to turn pro after leaving his second college Cal State Northridge.
“As his brand is very vast and stretches across global boundaries; Kobe’s main goal is to diversify and challenge himself even more,” a statement released by Middlebrooks Basketball read.
“Yet, there is a substantial amount of work that needs to be done for this goal to be met and Kobe recognizes and welcomes this test.”
Paras’ decision came after Cal State Northridge fired Reggie Theus as its head coach.
Paras, who was a four-star recruit back in 2016, previously committed to UCLA before transferring.
His father Benjie is supporting his son through this transition, commending him for embracing this new challenge.
“My son is taking one of the hardest steps in his journey to date and embracing full manhood. Kobe was brave enough to leave home and forge his way in the United States when he attended Cathedral High School & Middlebrooks Academy,” Paras said. “He has fought through continuous adversity at the collegiate level 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 embark upon this journey and see where it leads him. Kobe is mature enough to handle this decision and knows his country is behind him.”
The 6-foot-6 23 for 2023 Gilas cadet will still have a chance to return to college per the NBA’s new rules regarding draft prospects.
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