After winning the FIBA 3x3 Dunk Contest and (semi) dunking on some guy named LeBron; Kobe Paras is starting to prove that all the hype surrounding his game is real.
After getting recruited to play for the Cathedral High School Phantoms in Los Angeles, California, Kobe has been nothing short but spectacular. The Cathedral junior is currently averaging a 16.9 points (second team overall) and snatching almost four rebounds per game. He also owns a team-best 59 percent field goal percentage.
And when he's really feeling good, he drops 30 points in a game:
Video via LA Times's YouTube Channel
Judging by the numbers alone, you can tell that the UCLA Bruins-bound Kobe is doing pretty well. So good, in fact, that he’s even rated by 247Sports as a four-star player with a rating of 91/110. This means he's viewed as one of the Top 300 players in America while also being considered for an All-American nod. ESPN.com on the other hand gave him a three-star scouting grade, noting that "he is a terror in the open court where he attacks the rim with a vengeance."
Here's an undeniable proof of that:
With that kind of tenacity, and with his ridiculous hops, it's safe to say that Kobe's a walking highlight machine. Something our brothers from Ballislife will definitely agree with:
Video via Ballislife2.0's YouTube Channel
If Kobe continues his development, he'll likely contend for a starting spot as a freshman once he joins the Bruins. And if the basketball gods will permit, he might just become the first-ever Filipino-born player to be drafted into and hopefully play in the NBA.
Okay, maybe we're looking too far ahead. But Kobe has given Pareng Benjie and the rest of us Pinoys a lot to be proud about. As our way of wishing the young Paras' continued success in his basketball sojourn in the US, we bring you the ultimate collection (so far) of his highlight plays!
Scroll down below and find out for yourself why the hype is 100 percent real!
Kobe's idea of a warm-up is throwing down reverse-windmill jams.
Look at that hops!
He's also quite the defender!
And he knows the virtue of giving!
Here's Kobe "handling" difficult situations
That step-back is mean!
As ESPN reported, he's a force on the open court.
THROW IT DOWN, YOUNG FELLA!
Before we forget, the kid also has range!