It seems that Gilas cadet Kobe Paras is eyeing a big change in his basketball career.
In a press release by Middlebrooks Basketball, Paras announced his intention to go to the professional league in the United States, leaving his collegiate team Cal State Northridge.
Paras will undergo intensive training full time and is looking forward to demonstrating his skills to professional teams and scouts, it said.
"As his brand is very vast and stretches across global boundaries; Kobe’s main goal is to diversify and challenge himself even more. Yet, there is a substantial amount of work that needs to be done for this goal to be met and Kobe recognizes and welcomes this test," the statement said.
A video obtained by ABS-CBN News from Middlebrooks showed some of Paras' basketball career highlights, including superb dunks and impeccable shooting skills, before the young cager delivered a line saying, "I'm going pro."
Paras' father, Benjie, also expressed full support for his son's decision to go pro.
"As it will not be easy, he has the full support of his family to embark upon this journey and see where it leads him. Kobe is mature enough to handle this decision and knows his country is behind him,” Benjie said.
Paras thanked CSUN, his coach Reggie Theus and the coaching staff for the opportunity to be a Matador.
The announcement came just a day after Cal State Northridge head coach Theus was relieved from his post in the collegiate team.
According to several news reports, the firing of Theus and CSUN Director of Athletics Brandon Martin stemmed from an altercation between the two.
Paras transferred to CSUN from Creighton in 2017.