Kobe Paras likened to NBA rookie Zach LaVine

By , on October 23, 2014

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MANILA – Kobe Paras revealed that UCLA coach Steve Alford told him that he plays like Minnesota Timberwolves rookie shooting guard Zach LaVine.

“He (Alford) compared me to Zach LaVine, he said that my basketball IQ was kinda better than his and we’re both athletic. So, that was really cool when he said that because no one really compared me to anyone. It was kinda great especially coming from him, the head coach,” said Paras during an interview.

LaVine used to play in the NCAA for Alford and made it to the Pac-12 All-Freshman Team. Following his freshman year, he decided to enter himself to the draft and was the 13th pick by the Wolves.

Alford earlier visited Paras at La Cathedral.

“When he (Alford) told me that and offered me [a scholarship], in my head, I want to commit right away,” Paras added.

Kobe is the son of PBA legend Benjie Paras. His father is the only player in history to win both the Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player awards in the same season.