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Monday, July 4, 2016

Repost: After Release of Official Statements, Kobe Paras Refrains from Speaking Up on UCLA Issue

Image courtesy of Facebook: Benjie Paras Official


Two years of hoop dreams, excitement and anticipation took a twist this week for the Paras family when PBA legend Benjie Paras found out that his son Kobe was no longer going to attend the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

The younger Paras, who was Division 1 qualified to play, had already checked in and had begun summer school, but suddenly the admissions department said he did not meet some of the academic requirements causing the former slam dunk champion to withdraw.

"It was really a surprise for us and of course Kobe was really devastated. I was talking to him, and honestly, he was crying," said Benjie.

Despite reports citing Cathedral High School's principal saying that the issue involved his Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) score, Paras' Coach William Middlebrooks said no exact details were given.

"That was a shock to the entire athletic department. Our understanding was as long as he's a full qualifier academically, he'd be in school and for whatever reason, the head of admissions made a different decision. It was taken out of context. I think it came across strange to people. Various people interpret it the way they interpreted it but we don't know what the reason is. Even the principal has not talked to anybody at UCLA admissions so therefore whatever the reason is they chose to make this decision we don't have a fact to as why they made the decision," said Middlebrooks.

Middlebrooks admitted that these issues do happen at all colleges and not just to student athletes. With Kobe now withdrawn from UCLA, it's back to the recruitment process for the Division 1 eligible 18-year-old Paras.

With a couple of months before the school year, at least 80 Division 1 schools have reached out to the 6-foot-5 inch wing.

As Paras will weigh his options, he is expected to be in school and on the court in time for the 2016 college basketball season.

"He's a hot commodity right now. We're just back to the drawing board about finding the right fit, the right opportunity; that they understand who Kobe is, what his game is all about, what he means to the Philippines," his coach said.

Benjie added, "We want for Kobe to pick a good school that he can play, and at the same time, getting good academics. I'm just here to support Kobe, support coach and Cathedral and the organization. Whatever decisions they make I'm going to be fine with it."

Benjie, who flew to Los Angeles immediately after the withdrawal news came, has stayed positive and while his son has built a large following, he shared a message to the fans.

"Don't worry. He's going to be ok. He's in good hands, Cathedral, Middlebrooks, they're one big family. They will help each other when someone becomes successful they will be happy for him and when someone's down they will help him get up. He's in good hands right now and for sure you will see him play again," he said.

Middlebrooks and Benjie said Kobe will not make any public comments or appearances as he continues to visit schools and workout on the court.

24 comments:

  1. Ayan puro kasi assume mga tao. He is still a kid. Of course he cried and people just add fuel to the fire para lalo makasakit. I hope karma gets you all as much as you say na karma yan ni Kobe.

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    1. masakit naman talaga yun akala mo tanggap ka na pero d pa pala. naniniwala ako may nakalaan para sa kanya siguro hindi lang talaga nya kapalaran mapabilang sa UCLA. isa pa mahirap naman talaga makipagkompitensya sa US kaya pagbutihin nya lang.

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    2. Masakit talaga yung irereject ka ng walang binigay na reason. Para kang basahan na itinapon n lang basta. Kahit ako maiiyak din ako.

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  2. Sat test score is part of qualifying admission to colleges here in the US , he may be an honor roll at school but if his Sat is around 1200 points below ,goodluck , he should have prepared for that. It is hard to get admitted to All UCs and UCLA is one of the hardest next to UC Berkely . But it doesn't end there , he can try at USC and other universities . It is just that UCLA is one of the best here in CALI.

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    1. His SAT score is actually 1750 but the average score of an incoming UCLA freshman is 2064. You are right about UCLA is being a top tier UC

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    2. So SAT score nya yng reason?

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  3. Moral lesson don't count the chicks while the eggs are hatched

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    1. Mali. 1:06 AM, sana ginoogle mo man Lang yung tamang quote bago ka nag comment. Haaay!

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    2. Don't count the chicks on an empty stomach

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    3. da bes ka 2:19 AM

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    4. Mali baks, "don't count the chicks after frying the eggs" hehehe

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  4. He is just a minor...lift his spirit and stopped commenting negative...pinoy
    Mentality is sucks..!

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  5. I think they should refrain from making anymore comments after the Offical Statement was sent out.

    No need to justify anything or speculate on the "what ifs." It is what it is.

    For the bashers, don't judge what you don't understand, because in the end, only UCLA knows why. And Kobe will get back on track with his life.

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  6. Alam mo iho it's not the end of the world. UCLA is not the only university out there. You have other options. You can apply to other universities/colleges. If you were smart, you would have made a plan B and C just in case UCLA rejected your application.

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    1. I'm sure may plan B at C siya. 80 schools nga naghahabol sa kanya. Pero the fact na akala niya tanggap na siya sa UCLA then hindi na pala yun yung masakit dun.

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  7. Moral lesson: Hwag mag expect para hindi ka ma disappoint. Uh huh!

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    1. Pinag hirapan naman niya kasi, buti kung tatamad tamad siya. Siyempre kung sobra effort mo to achieve your dream, you will hope for the best.

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  8. No study, no university.

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    1. He DID study,di lang nameet requirements ng ucla..

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    2. study harder

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  9. Good to know that Benjie is already in the US to support Kobe at this difficult moment. Nabother ako ng sobra nung nalaman ko yung nangyari. Feeling close lang. Hehe.

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  10. Perfect example to na if you have dreams and goal ibigay mo na lahat dugo pawis ihi lahat na para lang makuha. Sayang eh andun na and im sure pinaghiraan na rin naman kaya dapat hindi naging complacent instead x1000 yung pagsusumikap. But for now accept it and make it as a lesson. Move forward and try ulit. Magpursige lang ang bonngang-bongga.

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  11. This will make the kids strong, he will definitely rebound. Who knows what success he may have in the future, god bless Kobe.

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  12. that armpit tho. char!

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