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    Kobe Paras beats Kouame, La Salle pair for UAAP Player of the Week honor

    Sep 23, 2019
    PHOTO: Dante Peralta

    AFTER a delayed start to his college career, Kobe Paras has wasted no time reintroducing himself to Philippine basketball.

    Playing in his fourth year in college, the athletic 6-foot-6 forward had a rousing UAAP debut for University of the Philippines against Adamson and then followed it up with equally stirring performances against National U and University of the East.

    Displaying his versatility and on-court leadership, the high-flying son of former Maroons star center Benjie Paras helped the Fighting Maroons notch three straight victories and move to solo second in the standings behind Ateneo.

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    Paras lit up the scoreboard for 25 points on 10-for-22 shooting against the Bulldogs and as an encore, showcased his inside game versus the Red Warriors with a 12-point, 10-rebound, three-block outing.

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    As UP continues to climb the standings with a 4-1 record, the 22-year-old has claimed a place as one of the top players in the league.

    His recent exploits are proof that Paras' potential is no fool's gold as he earned the Chooks-to-Go Collegiate Press Corps UAAP Player of the Week award presented by media from print and online covering the beat.

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      Paras bested Ateneo’s Ange Kouame, UST’s Sherwin Concepcion, and the La Salle 1-2 punch of Andrei Caracut and Justine Baltazar for the weekly recognition.

      "I'm grateful that I'm here in this amazing tournament, but I just want to focus on the team,” said Paras.

      Though the Fighting Maroons boast a formidable lineup, Paras is quick to point out that team comes first above all.

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      "Basketball is a team game,” emphasized Paras. "I just can't wait to get ready for the next game.”

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