Kobe Paras Bibliography Example

  • Kobe Paras, a 6-foot-6 guard from Manila, Philippines with Cal State Northridge basketball coach Reggie Theus, left, Wednesday, May 31, 2017. Paras announced his signing to play at CSUN for the 2018-19 season (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Kobe Paras, a 6-foot-6 guard from Manila, Philippines with Cal State Northridge basketball coach Reggie Theus, left, Wednesday, May 31, 2017. Paras announced his signing to play at CSUN for the 2018-19 season (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Kobe Paras leaves a press conference at Cal State Northridge Wednesday, May 31, 2017. Paras announced his signing to play at CSUN for the 2018-19 season. ( Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • CSUN basketball coach, Reggie Theus, left, talks about signing 6-foot-6 Kobe Paras from Manila, Philippines, right, at a press conference Wednesday, May 31, 2017. Paras announced his signing to play at CSUN for the 2018-19 season. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Kobe Paras, 6’6″ guard from Manila, Philippines, at a press conference with Cal State Northridge basketball coach Reggie Theus, left, Wednesday, May 31, 2017. Paras announced his signing to play at CSUN for the 2018-19 season. ( Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Kobe Paras, a 6-foot-6 guard from Manila, Philippines with Cal State Northridge basketball coach Reggie Theus, left, Wednesday, May 31, 2017. Paras announced his signing to play at CSUN for the 2018-19 season (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

NORTHRIDGE — College basketball could use a rock star.

As soon as Anthony Davis or Ben Simmons or Lonzo Ball begins to enter our field of vision, he’s gone. Meanwhile, attendance recedes and TV ratings fade and the season peaks on Selection Sunday.

What the game needs is a guy who can bring 461,000 ready-made Instagram followers by himself, along with a reality-show family and some impressively vertical videos.

Kobe Paras landed at CSUN on Wednesday.

“This is a great get for us,” Coach Reggie Theus said, looking up at the rarely populated upper section of the Matadome. “We might be able to get some people into those seats up there.”

Well, not immediately. Paras transferred from Creighton and will sit out the upcoming season. Before that, he  had signed with UCLA and was set to play with Ball and AAU teammates T.J. Leaf and Ike Anigbogu, but was ruled academically ineligible.

“I look at this as a great opportunity,” Paras said.

Imagine if  Paras can play.

He left no footprints at Creighton, an NCAA Tournament team that went 25-10 and was loaded with experience and structure. Paras averaged 4.7 minutes per game and scored 20 points all season.

“When I look back, I see everything happens for a reason,” Paras said. “There were some older guys on the team and the coach (Greg McDermott) decided to go with those guys. But I gave it 110 percent “

Paras apparently bonded with his teammates and was an animated presence at the end of the bench, finding funny ways to celebrate baskets..

But Theus said he was sold on Paras’ ability to make the Matadors relevant in the Big West again. He bases it on Paras’ exploits in AAU basketball after Paras moved from the Philippines to Los Angeles, when he was 15. Paras played at two L.A. high schools but his impact came with the Compton Magic. He played for Jeff Theiler, who is now a CSUN assistant and also coached at Middlebrooks Academy, where Paras played.

“His role depended on who we were playing,” Theiler said. “I relied on him to defend the best player on the other team. He was an instant-offense guy, an energy guy. He could change the flow of the game, and so then sometimes I wouldn’t start him, just bring him in at the first dead ball and get a boost.

“He wound up guarding guys like Jaylen Brown, who’s now with the Celtics, and Kobi Simmons (last year’s freshman point guard at Arizona). It wasn’t an accident that he was a Pac-12 recruit. Creighton has a great program. He was practicing with guys who had been there four or five years. When you’re 18 years old and there’s a 22-year-old there, he’s not just going to give it to him. It’s an instant gratification world.”

“I would go watch those games,” Theus said, “watching players I knew we couldn’t get. There was nights when he was the best player on the floor, and I was saying that long before I thought he’d be coming here.”

Leaf, Anigbogu and incoming UCLA freshmen Jalen Hill and Jaylen Hands played with Paras on Compton Magic. So did Lucas Siewert, a Brazilian who played at Cathedral High with Paras and is now at Colorado. So did Johnny McWilliams (Fresno State), Dikymbe Martin (UC Riverside) and Jordan Griffin (Long Beach State).

But CSUN did not call an elaborate news conference for Paras because he knows how to drive and defend.

For his age, the 6-foot-6 Paras is a celebrity of unimaginable proportion in the Philippines, and there are 375,000 Filipinos in L.A. County alone.

Kobe’s father Benjie was at the Matadome,  too. In 1984 he was the first player in Philippines Basketball Association history to win Rookie of the Year and MVP, and he won another MVP in 1989.

Benjie has basically become his nation’s Dwayne Johnson, with 22 movies and untold television shows, and Kobe’s exploits have spun off that. The Philippines is fascinated with Kobe’s romance with model Gabrielle Current, but then Kobe has backed that up with his basketball. He won an international 3 by 3 tournament and several dunk contests, and at 15 he dunked over the touring LeBron James, which launched well over a million hits.

Kobe is a friend of Manny Pacquiao’s and says he can’t escape his house in the Philippines without the crowds gathering.

“He is a better basketball player than I am,” Benjie said, “but I am still better-looking.”

Paras has often talked about cultivating “my brand.” Which is fine if you remember that, over here, you can’t be a star unless you rock first.

In this Philippine name, the middle name or maternal family name is Forster and the surname or paternal family name is Paras.

Kobe Lorenzo Forster Paras (born September 19, 1997) is a Filipino basketball player who played college basketball in the United States.

He played for the Philippine 3x3 basketball team. He committed to play in the United States at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), but withdrew after the university's admissions department determined he did not meet their academic requirements. Instead, he played his freshman year for the Creighton Bluejays in 2016–17 before transferring to Cal State Northridge where he redshirted. He is the son of Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) legend Benjie Paras.

High school career[edit]

Paras prepped at Cathedral High School in Los Angeles, CA before playing his senior year at Middlebrooks Academy. In high school, he was an honor roll student, a member of the National Honor Society, a Star Scholar Honoree and a summa cum laude graduate. At Cathedral, he averaged 15.0 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.5 steals as a junior and was an All-State nominee, First Team All-Del Rey League and ranked the 24th-best player in California by CalHiSports. Helped lead Cathedral to the Regional Championship game (State Final 4) and the team finished ranked No. 9 in the state and No. 1 in Division 3A of the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF). In 2015-16, Paras played his senior campaign with Middlebrooks Academy where he earned a McDonald's All-American Game nomination and the PEC-6 Conference MVP Award and helped lead Middlebrooks to the regular season PEC-6 Conference championship. Participated in several elite basketball showcases, including Adidas Nations and the Adidas All-American Camp. Also played travel basketball with Compton Magic on the Adidas grassroots circuit and was selected to the Adidas All-American Camp and the international elite showcase Adidas Nations. A former four-star recruit by Scout.com as well as a three-star prospect by ESPN.com and Rivals.com.[1]

Paras entered Cathedral High School in Los Angeles in the middle of the 2013-14 school year where he played for the school's basketball team, the Phantoms. Prior to entering Cathedral, Paras attended La Salle Greenhills in the Philippines where he also played for the institution's basketball team. However, Paras decided against playing for the Phantoms for the 2015-16 school year. He would have only been eligible to play for the Phantoms until the first semester due to an eight semester limit. The eligibility limitation was due to the difference between academic years in the Philippines and the United States. He instead decided to play for Middlebrooks Academy prep team for his final year in high school while continuing to attend Cathedral.[2] Middlebrooks is not regulated by California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) regulation, which allowed Paras to avoid the conflict between school years.[3]

NameHometownHigh school / collegeHeightWeightCommit date
Kobe Paras
Quezon City, PhilippinesCathedral High School6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)200 lb (91 kg)Oct 11, 2014 
Recruiting star ratings:Scout:   Rivals:   247Sports:    ESPN:   ESPN grade: 74
Overall recruiting rankings:
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.


College career[edit]


Paras committed to attend college at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and play for their Bruins basketball team.[4] In October 2015, he signed a National Letter of Intent to join the team under coach Steve Alford,[5] and later formally signed on November 12, 2015.[6] However, on June 30, 2016, Paras withdrew from UCLA after failing to meet their academic requirements.[7][8] Middlebrooks stated that Paras was a 100% academic qualifier for a division 1 college through the NCAA Eligibility Center. Eighty Division 1 schools expressed interest in signing Paras.[9][10]


On July 18, 2016, the Creighton University Bluejays announced they had signed Paras.[11] Paras was the first Filipino to join the program.[12] In 15 games with Creighton last season, Paras totaled 20 points and 15 rebounds in 70 total minutes on the floor. Scored a season-high six points in 12 minutes of action against Longwood on Dec. 9. Also appeared in Creighton's NCAA opening round contest against Rhode Island where he scored three points and collected a rebound in two minutes.[13] After finishing his freshman season and failing to secure a regular playing role, Paras subsequently withdrew from the school, on April 29, 2017.[14]

Cal State Northridge[edit]

On May 9, 2017, Paras announced, via his Twitter account, that he verbally committed to play for the Matadors, under coach Reggie Theus. Paras would have to redshirt his first year of eligibility, due to NCAA transfer rules.[15] However in March 9, 2018, Paras announced that he would be leaving Cal State to pursue a professional career. Paras' former school Middlebrooks Academy linked his decision to the firing of Cal State coach Theus and athletic director Brandon Martin.[16]



National team[edit]


Paras was part of the Philippine national team that participated at the 2013 SEABA Under-16 Championship.[17]

He was also part of the Philippine national team that participated at the 2014 FIBA Asia Under-18 Championship that finished fifth, wherein he scored 27 points en route to a 113-105 overtime victory against Japan.


The Philippine national team was looking to include Paras in the senior national team as early as 2015. He was included in the initial line up for the national squad which was set to participate at the 2015 Southeast Asian Games, although he was not in the final lineup. Paras expressed openness to play for the national team provided that it would not conflict his commitments in the United States.[18]

He joined the Philippine national team which participated at the 2017 William Jones Cup.[19][20]He also played for the country in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games.[21] Paras played sparingly in the Jones Cup and a scoreless 3:37 minutes in for the first game of the 2017 Southeast Asian Games Games against Thailand. However, he bounced back strong in succeeding games, and helped the Philippines cop its 18th SEA Games basketball gold medal on Saturday, August 26, with a 94-55 thrashing of Indonesia in the gold medal match at the MABA Stadium. Paras averaged 11.4 points, including a tournament-high 20 markers in a 95-point win over Myanmar. He found his rhythm and naturally pulled several dunk parties through the tournament and even in the final, where he was also a perfect 6-of-6 from the field for 14 points.[22][23]

3x3 national team[edit]

In 3x3 basketball, Paras represented the Philippines at the 2013 and 2015 FIBA 3x3 Under-18 World Championship. While the national team failed to win the main 3x3 tournament at both editions, He won the slam dunk championships also on both occasions.[24]

Paras represented the Philippines in the 2017 FIBA 3x3 World Cup on June 17 to 21, 2017 in Nantes, France.[25] Paras was named player of the day on June 18, 2017 following a win against Romania and a loss to France.[26] They finished the tournament at 11th place.[27]

Personal life[edit]

Paras is the son of Filipino basketball star and actor Benjie, a two-time PBAMVP and the only player in PBA history to be named Rookie of the Year and MVP in the same season, and former actress Jackie Forster. Paras' older brother, Andre, played college basketball in the Philippines and is now an actor.[28] He also has two half-brothers from his father's second marriage, Riley and Sam, and two half-brothers and a half-sister from his mother's second marriage.


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  3. ^Smith, Cam (August 27, 2015). "Filipino teen hoops superstar Kobe Paras leaves Cathedral basketball program in L.A."USA Today. Retrieved September 19, 2017. 
  4. ^Leongson, Randolph (June 11, 2015). "Studies over basketball for UCLA commit Kobe Paras". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved September 19, 2017. 
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  13. ^"Kobe Paras - 2017-18". 
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  15. ^Corp., ABS-CBN (May 9, 2017). "Kobe Paras commits to play for Cal State Northridge". ABS-CBN SPORTS. Retrieved September 19, 2017. 
  16. ^Dioquino, Delfin (9 March 2018). "'I'm going pro,' Kobe Paras reveals". Rappler. Retrieved 9 March 2018. 
  17. ^Terrado, Reuben (July 16, 2013). "Basketball Kobe Paras helps get PH campaign off to hot start in Seaba U-16 tilt". Sports Interactive Network Philippines. Retrieved September 19, 2017. 
  18. ^Joble, Rey (February 15, 2015). "Marcus Douthit, Kiefer Ravena, Kobe Paras named to initial Gilas national team pool for SEA Games". InterAksyon.com. Archived from the original on September 30, 2015. Retrieved September 28, 2015. 
  19. ^Catacutan, Dodo (July 22, 2017). "By learning to take it slow, wunderkind Kobe Paras hastens his growth as a player". spin.ph. Retrieved September 19, 2017. 
  20. ^Castillo, Musong (July 14, 2017). "Despite the attention, Kobe Paras remains cool in first Gilas stint". Inquirer.net. Retrieved September 19, 2017. 
  21. ^Rola, Alyssa (July 28, 2017). "Paras, Parks, Ravena lead Gilas lineup for 2017 SEA Games". Retrieved September 19, 2017. 
  22. ^"Ahead of US return, Kobe Paras armed with key lessons after time with Gilas". 
  23. ^"GOLD STANDARD: Gilas Pilipinas crushes Indonesia for SEA Games title". abs-cbn.com. August 26, 2017. Retrieved September 19, 2017. 
  24. ^Payo, Jasmine (June 8, 2015). "Perfect Paras keeps dunk title". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved September 19, 2017. 
  25. ^"Kobe Paras, Kiefer Ravena, Jeron Teng, Raymar Jose team up for FIBA 3x3 World Cup". CNN Philippines. Retrieved September 19, 2017. 
  26. ^"Kobe Paras is FIBA 3x3 World Cup Player of the Day". ABS-CBN News. June 19, 2017. Retrieved September 19, 2017. 
  27. ^"Serbia wins FIBA 3x3 World Cup title, Philippines finishes 11th". ABS-CBN SPORTS. June 22, 2017. Retrieved September 19, 2017. 
  28. ^Sonheimer, Eric (October 13, 2014). "There's a new Kobe in town at Cathedral High". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved September 19, 2017. 

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