Kobe Paras officially joins Cal State Northridge, looks forward to other hooping gigs

Say hello to the new big man on campus.
Cal State University Northridge and Coach Reggie Theus welcomed basketball star Kobe Paras onto campus with a new #21 jersey.
“Third times a charm. I’ve been through a lot of adversity, and CSUN is the right place for me.”
Kobe was joined by his dad, PBA legend Benji Paras, and his high school coaches — all of them excited for what’s in store for the incoming college sophomore.
“Kobe has endless potential. His ceiling is so high,” said Theus. “We watched him get numbers in many FIBA events, he even won an international dunk contest. He’s extremely excited. His athleticism is off the charts. It’s something our fans are really going to enjoy.”
Paras is not only excited to be back home in Los Angeles, where there’s a large Filipino American community — he’s also back to working with his coaches from his high school and prep days.
“Kind of be Benji’s extension here in the US,” said Coach Middlebrooks, “but obviously we’ll get in the gym, workout, breakdown film that kind of thing keep the process going. “
“Just to see him come from his junior team where he’s 16, 17 to see him at 19, 20… it’s just good to see how he’s matured and grown up,” said Will Kimble, CSUN Assistant Coach.
NCAA rules will force Paras to red-shirt this year, but he will remain active. Paras will still get his chance to play on other courts.
He heads to France for the FIBA 3-on-3 World Cup and slam dunk contest, which he practiced for in the Philippines.
“It’ll be cool to be able to join again. I have a couple dunks I haven’t shown people, so I’m excited to show it,” he said.
He is also considering to play for the national team for the upcoming seagames.
“I’m excited to be with the team and to be able to try out when I go back home, maybe August or July.”
Paras is also looking at joining the famed Drew League, where pros play against students and street ballers.
“It’s a summer tournament. Basketball is basketball; you go up against the same human race, it’s just a different level of competition. It’s going to be exciting.”
Paras started summer school this week, and will be able to squeeze in a couple weeks of summer school before heading to France to take part on the FIBA 3-on-3 World Cup.
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