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