Filipino Basketball Prodigy Kobe Paras Commits to UCLA, Gains Thousands of Fans

 

It looks like Los Angeles will soon have a new Kobe to cheer for. Kobe Paras, a 17-year-old basketball prodigy from the Philippines, first gained major attention for his athletic skills when he participated in a 2013 Nike exhibition in Manilla. Despite the presence of LeBron James, the 6’6″ teen was able to slam the ball into the hoop. The move was caught on video soon went viral. It wasn’t long before Paras was known as “the kid who dunked on LeBron.”

 

 

But now it seems the young athlete is going for even bigger nicknames. Paras, who played for La Salle Greenhills before pursuing a career in the United States, currently attends LA Cathedral. Paras has apparently already received scholarship offers from UC Irvine, Fresno State, Texas Arlington, Arizona State, Portland State, and Boston College, but it wasn’t until last week that he received an offer he couldn’t turn down.

UCLA coach Steve Alford visited a Cathedral game to watch Paras practice and sure enough, by the end of the game Alford offered him a UCLA scholarship. It didn’t take long for Paras to commit.

“I have made my decision… I’m really happy to say that I have committed to UCLA!” Paras posted on his offcial Twitter account on Saturday. In 24 hours, he picked up 1,000 more Twitter followers. In fact, the young athlete now has over 50K Twitter followers.

In a video posted on the Middlebrooks Basketball Facebook account, Paras was asked to describe how it felt to have committed to the Bruins. “It’s an unbelievable feeling, especially for a kid coming from the Philippines, a place that no one even knows about that much,” he said. “I’ve just been here for a couple of months… I can’t explain that much. It’s just a great feeling, just amazing. I’m so excited.” Of course he ends with an enthusiastic yell.

Many are claiming that Paras gained his talent from his father Benjie. Los Angeles Times reports, “In 1989 [Benjie] became the only player in the history of the country’s professional basketball league to be the rookie of the year and the MVP in the same season.”

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Images courtesy of www.latimes.com

 

Asians Taking Over American Colleges? The Fung Bros Breakdown The Asian Myth

We all know the stereotype. Apparently, Asians taking over American college campuses.

It’s no surprise that for many of us, education has always been portrayed as something that must be taken seriously. Many Asian immigrant parents (not all, of course) sacrificed a lot for their children. In fact, many of them left their homeland simply because they wanted us to have better lives than they did. According to them, a way we can achieve this dream of a better life is by obtaining a good education.

So many of us have felt the pressure. We’ve felt the pressure to make our family proud and the pressure to give back to our parents. After all, we’d hate to think they sacrificed everything for nothing, right?

But there’s a problem with all of this.

While interviewing UCLA students, The Fung Brothers were able to uncover a number of flaws with this Asian myth.  For instance, the stereotype that all Asians are smart. Obviously, this can’t be correct. In fact, it leaves a number of Asian students feeling overwhelmed and left to live up to high expectations. Even worse, good grades isn’t seen as a student working hard. It’s only “because they’re Asian.”

So The Fung Bros decided to ask it all. What about the various types of Asians and the fact that some subcategories of Asians are largely underrepresented? What about the stereotype of Asians being disinterested in sports? What about the Asian Greek life?

Check out the video below.

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