Andre Paras explains why he chose UP


Posted at Jun 17 2013 07:10 PM | Updated as of Jun 18 2013 03:10 AM

Andre Paras, son of Philippine hoops legend Benjie Paras

MANILA, Philippines – Andre Paras, son of Philippine hoops legend Benjie Paras, is following in his father’s footsteps as he will play collegiate basketball for the University of the Philippines (UP) Fighting Maroons.

The younger Paras, who played high school ball for La Salle Greenhills, will play for the State University starting UAAP Season 76.

“UP was the only school that has film and basketball at the same time,” Andre explained in a report on “Rated K” last Sunday. “And I really want to make film my career, my back-up plan after basketball.”

“I want to be a director, in front of the camera or behind the camera, making videos and editing, or coming up with stories that make people happy,” he said.

Andre, who has already suited up for UP in pre-season tournaments, stands 6-foot-5 and plays in the post, although his father said he can also play in the perimeter.

“(He) can shoot from the outside, hindi katulad ko na sa ilalim lang. Kasi ‘yung basketball noon, medyo makaluma,” said Benjie, who became an icon in UP after he led the Maroons to the UAAP title in 1986.

Andre is expected to make an immediate impact in a UP squad that is trying to rebound from a disappointing Season 75, wherein they only won one game out of 14.

Andre’s younger brother, Kobe, is 6-foot-4 and plays for La Salle Green Hills.