Because of a technicality in the academic calendar dating back from his playing days in the Philippines, rising Filipino swingman Kobe Paras will not be suiting up for the Cathedral HS Phantoms this season.
Per the text message convened to the LA Times by Phantoms head coach William Middlebrooks, the UCLA-bound Paras will accumulate the maximum number of semesters for his playing eligibility by the end of the first semester this incoming US academic year. This means that the incoming Cathedral HS senior would only be allowed to play for the first half of the basketball season, a scenario which was not quite welcomed by the young cager’s family.
“Due to the difference in academic calendars between the United States and the Philippines, Kobe would exhaust his eight semesters of eligibility at the end of the 1st semester this year. His family made decision not to have him play for Cathedral for only half a basketball season,” says coach Middlebrooks.
Despite not being part of the Phantoms’ squad for the upcoming 2015-16 California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) season, Paras will still continue to attend Cathedral as a student. In terms of his playing career, the 17-year-old Batang Gilas stalwart is set to join his mentor’s Middlebrooks Academy, which is not bounded by CIF regulations.
In his only season with Cathedral in 2014-15, the 6’6″ wing has averaged 15 points, 4.3 boards and 2.5 steals in towing the Phantoms to a 22-8 record. He was also instrumental in propelling the squad to the regional finals of the 2015 CIF Division III State Boys Basketball Championship early this year.
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