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    Fil-Nigerian AJ Edu keen to follow in Kobe Paras' footsteps and take act to US

    Jul 3, 2017

    FIL-NIGERIAN sensation AJ Edu is looking to take his act to the US, but is also open to the possibility of playing high school or college ball in the Philippines.

    The London-based teenager said nothing is cast in stone about his future in basketball, but said he wants to follow in the footsteps of US-based phenom Kobe Paras.

    Sources said Ateneo and National University have inquired about the 6-foot-9 Edu during his stay in the country during the preparations of the Philippine team for the Fiba 3x3 Under-18 World Cup.

    Edu, 17, said he is keen to track the same path as Kobe Paras, who is currently part of NCAA Division I school Cal State Northridge. But also isn't closing the door on playing in the Philippines.

    "Here (playing in the Philippines) is something that I'm considering," said Edu. "The goal of mine is to follow people like Kobe Paras and try to make it somewhere in the States. We will see."

    [See Chot Reyes says sky's the limit for 'coachable' AJ Edu]

    Edu turned heads in the Fiba 3x3 Under-18 World Cup in Chengdu, China where the Philippines finished seventh among 20 countries in the men's division with a team that also included Juan Gomez de Liano, Encho Serrano, and Rhayyan Amsali.

    But even before the stint with the 3x3 team, the Fil-Nigerian cager was already making a big impression as part of the Batang Gilas pool in the Under-18 tournament.

    Prior to leaving for Chengdu, Edu was also invited to join practices of the Gilas cadet team that will compete in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games, impressing national coach Chot Reyes.

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    Edu said he is amazed with the passion for basketball in the country of his mom' birth.

    "It's amazing. It shows why I love this country. People love basketball here," said Edu.

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