Perasol: Kobe can star for Gilas quintet

  • Page Views 395
  • UNIVERSITY of the Philippines star forward Kobe Paras has what it takes to star for Gilas Pilipinas, according to Fighting Maroons coach Bo Perasol.

    Perasol is also convinced Paras’ stint, whether he makes it to the final 12 or not, will only make him a better player.

    “Kobe (Paras) is a worthy leader of that team. He has the experience, the talent, and the skills to lead the way for the other guys,” Perasol told Malaya-Business Insight.

    “Him playing in that level of competition will make him a better player,” he added.

    The 6-foot-6 Paras is a member of the 15-man Gilas pool that left last Sunday for the November window of the 2021 FIBA Asia Cup qualifiers to be played on a bubble in Manama, Bahrain.

    The high-flying Paras, son of pro league great Benjie, played for La Salle Greenhills in high school and endured a tumultuous collegiate career after chasing his NBA dream.

    He committed to the UCLA Bruins in 2015 but after a year, he entered Creighton University where he played sparingly in 15 games for the Bluejays.

    In 2017, Paras was set to join Cal State Northridge and undergo a one-year residency but after the departure of head coach Reggie Theus, Paras decided to leave and return to the Philippines.

    Paras averaged 16.1 points, 5.1 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.1 steals and 2.5 blocks for UP in the last UAAP cage wars where he was named to the Mythical team.

    Big man Isaac Go, guard Rey Suerte, and twins Matt and Mike Nieto, all Gilas special draftees last year, and wingman Jaydee Tungcab spearhead the all-amateur squad.

    Completing the team are Paras’ Maroons teammates Juan and Javi Gomez de Liaño, Dave Ildefonso, Will Navarro, and Dwight Ramos of Ateneo, La Salle slotman Justine Baltazar, reigning NCAA MVP Calvin Oftana and San Beda University teammate Kemark Cariño.

    Despite nursing a fractured right shoulder injury, wingman Allyn Bulanadi still joined Gilas in Bahrain.(M. Jugado, Malaya)

    Share

    New Posts Recently publish post More

    • 14 October 2021
      1 day ago No comment

      3 Steps to getting your BC Vaccine Card

      Related

    • 14 October 2021
      1 day ago No comment

      Maria Ressa’s Nobel Peace Prize is an international Rebuke of the Duterte Regime

      The Malaya Movement in Canada congratulates Maria Ressa as co-recipient of the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize. In its announcement, the Nobel Committee cited Ms. Ressa’s efforts to safeguard freedom of expression, which is a precondition for democracy and lasting peace. Ms Ressa …[is] receiving the Peace Prize for [her] ...

    • 14 October 2021
      1 day ago No comment

      Fil-Cans unite, launch Vancouver, BC 4 LENI 2022

      As the Philippine presidential election draws closer and closer, groups are getting together to support the candidate they feel must become the next president of the country. Filipino-Canadians from all over British Columbia’s Lower Mainland gathered together at the King George Grill Hub in Surrey to gather support for ...

    • 07 October 2021
      1 week ago No comment

      The Miracle Wedding of the Year

      Many of the most great love stories are tragic ones. On this extraordinary pandemic times and on what they went through the couple Laura and Brian you’ll expect it to end with the same way. But to everyone’s joy, it didn’t have the tragic ending like the romance of ...

    • 07 October 2021
      1 week ago No comment

      Jane de Leon excited and quite nervous  to meet director Chito Roño

      I hope to be able to meet his expectations of me,” said Jane de Leon, lead star of “Darna: The TV Series,” her reaction to the news that highly acclaimed director Chito Roño would be officially taking the helm in the much-awaited TV adaptation of the country’s iconic superheroine. ...

    %d bloggers like this: