Kobe Paras gives advice to players: “stay positive”

by Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN News


It’s back to high school for Kobe Paras. The 19-year-old college freshman paid a visit during the holidays to his old stomping grounds at Cathedral High School in Los Angeles.

“I was in your shoes, I been here 3 years with Coach, and I was blessed to play varsity and for the prep team. I go to creighton university now,” he said, joining other former Middlebrooks alumni in giving a motivational talk to current players.

“I’m just happy to be back to give life lessons and give reality to the kids, because I was in their position once so I’m glad I can be able to tell them what I’ve been through,” Paras told BA.

The now Creighton Blue Jay’s main message is to “balance stuff.”

“Not just school but in your life…it makes no sense to look at things so negative, so you just gotta stay positive as much as you can.”

Creighton University is ranked 9th in the country, and is off to an undefeated start as one of the best in schools history.

However Paras hasn’t seen much court time: appearing in 7 games, and playing less than 7 minutes in those appearances.

He’s scored 9 total points — a far drop from the former international basketball sensation.

“It’s a process. We’re number 9 in the nation right now so I can’t complain,” he said. “We’re doing everything we can. Coach…said to just trust the process because every freshman is gonna go through this. There’s going to be elite freshmen like one and done, go straight to the league, but for me it’s a different situation. So I’m just trying to be as positive as possible try to be the best teammate out there.”

Paras keeps his spirits high, leading the celebrations from the bench, as he continues to work on his game.

“It feels great just knowing that my team is making history right now is amazing,” he added. “I’m just focusing on my offense, defense, getting my shots up, working out, conditioning. College is different in high school.”

While Paras enjoyed a quick visit back home to L.A., he didn’t stay long Creighton has a series of big games after the Christmas break.


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