May 11, 2021

Sports Legend

Andre proves he has the game – not just the name – to be in PBA


Andre Paras during his D-League days. —PHOTO GRACIOUS BY PBA IMAGES

He may have one of the most recognizable names in Filipino basketball, but Andre Paras promises to repay the trust the Blackwater franchise has placed in him and make a name for himself.

“I can promise my guys – my teammates, my bosses – that they made the right decision. I’ll do whatever you want me to do. I’m your guy, ”Paras said during an appearance on the Mile BEST Center webcast this weekend.

Paras, the eldest son of the great Benjie of the PBA, was selected 27th overall by Bossing (formerly Elite) during the recent Rookie Draft.

“Honestly, I didn’t even know I would be drafted because a lot of the players who applied for the draft are well known,” said the 23-year-old tall. Andre is also well known, as he also worked in show business before turning to gaming again.

His father, Benjie, became the first and only Rookie of the Year MVP before entering showbiz.

In the 6-foot-4 Paras, Blackwater finally breathes much-needed youth into its frontline. The Bossing selected Maurice Shaw No. 2 overall last season.

However, a recurring back problem put him aside for the Philippine Cup which led the club to turn to the rarely used Frank Golla and Marion Magat.

Paras, a player at many amateur basketball camps due to his last name, said his trip made him a more difficult, if not better, basketball player.

“Everything I’ve been through – SBP, Gateway, even NCAA to UAAP – it all led to that moment because we all train hard, trained at a young age, developed as the best versions. of ourselves so that we can show that in the professional league, ”he said.

Paras’ boundless energy was evident during his stint in the D-League, where he ran for AMA in 2017. There he appeared as a bouncing machine.

His reputation even piqued the interest of Barangay Ginebra’s versatile coach Tim Cone.

“André is a guy that we really looked at and really thought about. The kid is really motivated, especially off the boards. Rebounders always turn me on. I’m always excited to have rebounders on the team. I think they are very difficult to maintain. Rebounders are more natural, ”Cone said on another TV show.

Ginebra, however, was unable to trap the Paras as the club had already used both of their caps in succession earlier in the proceedings.

“[The PBA is] where everyone wants to go. And just being able to achieve that dream – that alone has [affected] change [in] me. I can’t wait to continue, ”Paras said of his trip. INQ

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