Paras commits to UCLA
The city of Los Angeles has a new Kobe in town. Kobe Paras, a standout at Los Angeles (Calif.) Cathedral by way of the Philippines, has verbally committed to Steve Alford and UCLA. Cathedral coach Williams Middlebrooks confirmed the news to Scout.com. “I think it’s a good fit in terms of Steve believing in him,” Middlebrooks told Scout.com. “He wants to run and it’s going to fit his style of play. Obviously it’s a major deal with him not being ranked nationally and for Steve to pull the trigger it shows more that Steve believes in the kid.” Middlebrooks said UCLA assistant David Grace has been recruiting Paras for quite some time and the Bruins recently began to ramp up their interest. “I think they started doing their due diligence,” Middlebrooks said. “It shocked me when he called and said they were going to offer the kid. In my mind, they were only recruiting top 20 players in the country, but I do feel like he is a top 20 player in the country.” According to Middlebrooks, Paras had scholarship offers from Arizona State, Utah State, UC-Santa Barbara, Fresno State, UC-Irvine, Portland State and UT-Arlington. Paras also had interest from New Mexico, Boston College, Oregon State, California, Washington State, Oregon, USC and Colorado. “Being foreign he’s aware and understands what the UCLA brand is, unlike other schools,” he said. “So it all made sense.” A 6-foot-5 wing, Paras is known for his athleticism and Middlebrooks says he’s an improving shooter. “He’s a high energy, high wire act,” Middlebrooks said. “He can dunk. He’s doing spectacular dunk. He plays super hard and dives on the ground. He’s a good defensive player. What’s happened in the last 6 months is he’s shooting the ball pretty well.” The Bruins now have a pair of local standouts in their 2016 class. Paras joins Lonzo Ball to make up their current class.
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