MANILA, Philippines – It looks more and more like Kobe Paras made the right decision to try out his luck in the United States.
After receiving NCAA Division I basketball scholarships from schools like Fresno State University and Arizona State University over the past few weeks, the 6-foot-6 standout from Cathedral High School in Los Angeles, California recently received another offer that would keep him close to his current home.
The former La Salle Greenhills standout has received a scholarship offer from UCLA.
6-6 Kobe Paras #Cathdral has just picked up an offer from #UCLA. @Im_Not_Kobe super Hot in 2016 pic.twitter.com/lgnDjKEZYp— Compton Magic (@Compton_Magic) October 8, 2014
Aside from Fresno and Arizona, other universities like UC Irvine, California, and UT-Arlington have also expressed interest in the Filipino athlete, but none more significant than the offer he received from UCLA, which is one of the most successful schools in NCAA Division I basketball history.
The UCLA Bruins have the NCAA record for most national championships (11), have made the Final Four round 17 times, and have made the NCAA March Madness tournament 44 times.
(WATCH: Kobe Paras puts on dunking exhibition)
Currently coached by Steve Alford, UCLA has produced some of the best players to ever set foot in the NBA: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Gail Goodrich, Reggie Miller, Bill Walton, Jamaal Wilkes, Kevin Love, and Russell Westbrook, to name a few.
A total of 83 former UCLA players have played in the NBA.
The 17-year-old Paras is currently in his junior season with Cathedral High School.
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