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Courtside Philippines Player of the Week: Kobe Paras

by Court Side, September 23, 2019 4:13pm

With the third week of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) basketball action concluding with the University of the Philippines (UP) Fighting Maroons extending their winning streak to three to take the second spot in the team standings, one player stood out among the sea of rising basketball stars in the Maroon-clad team.

A highly-prized recruit, who tested the waters overseas before finally going back to the country to try his luck in the domestic collegiate circuit, Kobe Paras sure made his reintroduction to Philippine basketball in style.

The 6-foot-6 forward had a stellar debut for the Fighting Maroons in their win over Adamson University (ADU) before finally spreading his wings in their games against National University (NU) and University of the East (UE).

Paras, who is also named as the Collegiate Sports Press Corps UAAP Player of the Week, finished their clash with the Bulldogs with 25 points before exploding for a double-double performance of 12 points and 10 rebounds in their win over the Red Warriors.

No doubt, Paras deserves to be this week's Courtside Philippines Player of the Week.

Here's how the vote went down:

Nevin Reyes (Vote: Kobe Paras)

Paras is undoubtedly made a huge impact for UP in their previous games and we can't say that we are surprised about it. Even during his high school days, we already know that this player has the quality to play high-level basketball and his recent performances with the Fighting Maroons proved why he is currently one of the most exciting players in the UAAP.

Jim Wilson (Vote: Bright Akhuetie)

Kobe Paras may have stolen the limelight from last season's MVP Bright Akhuetie, but the hulking center has certainly been a force for the UP Fighting Maroons in their past two games. Against Adamson, Akhuetie tallied 18 points and 18 boards, including the go-ahead free throws that sealed UP's 83-82 win. Against UE, Akhuetie had another solid outing with 16 points, five boards, three assists, three steals, and one block. I consider Akhueite as Player of the Week A and Kobe Paras B. But between the two, I have to go with Bright.

Niel Masoy (Vote: Kobe Paras)

My vote for Player of the Week goes to Kobe Paras. After making a solid UAAP debut against Adamson, the 6-foot-6 phenom proved that his game was no fluke. He shone anew against NU last Wednesday when he came through with more than 20 points, including clutch baskets down the stretch that lifted UP to the win. Paras then normed a double-double just this Saturday, while also having a hand in UP's last five points that carried the Fighting Maroons to a victory over UE, which was their third straight in the tournament.

Eugene Flores (Vote: Kobe Paras)

Kobe Paras is my player of the week. Paras lived up to the hype after producing a back-to-back solid performances to help the UP Fighting Maroons. The 6-foot-6 high leaping cager has been consistent as well for coach Bo Perasol since his UAAP debut and is showing he can play together with the likes of Ricci Rivero and Bright Ahkuetie.

Reynald Magallon (Vote: Kobe Paras)

He was just living up to the expectation. UP hasn't lost a game since his debut for the Fighting Maroons. If the trend continues for him, it might be too early to tell, but he could be the missing piece for UP to end their decades long title drought.

This is a weekly feature story published by Courtside Philippines to discuss the players with the best performance in the UAAP Basketball Tournament.

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