BENJIE Paras has one piece of advice for his son Andre in selecting which school to play basketball.
“Piliin niya kung saan siya at home,” said PBA's only rookie MVP.
Paras’ son Andre is set to follow in the 'Tower of Power's' footsteps and play college ball soon after playing for La Salle Greenhills in the NCAA juniors tournament.
His numbers in his last season in the NCAA weren't as eye-popping as his dad's, averaging 5.4 points, five rebounds, and 1.1 blocks in 14.3 minutes of play with the Junior Blazers. But he has nonetheless attracted a lot of interest from college teams because of his potential and his height.
In fact, Paras was one of the players selected to see action in the SEAOIL High School All-Star Game set on Saturday at the Ynares Sports Arena.
When Spin.ph caught up with him during a recent press conference, the elder Paras revealed his son has drawn interest from four schools.
That include Paras’ high school team, San Beda, as well as University of the Philippines, which the PBA great led to its only UAAP championship under head coach Joe Lipa in 1986.
Incidentally, Paras holds a position as an assistant coach for the San Beda Red Lions in the NCAA.
Paras, however, said that it will still be up to his son to pick where to play college ball and stressed that his job with San Beda and his iconic status with UP won’t play a part in his Andre’s decision.
“Sabi ko huwag niya intindihan kung saan ako naka-commit o kung ano man. Piliin mo kung saan ka magiging masaya at saka kung saan siya at home,” said the retired star, now a TV-movie personality and an analyst in the PBA's television coverage.
“Kasi kaya ako nag-UP noon kasi at home talaga ako sa UP,” said the elder Paras.