Kobe Paras calls for separate MVPs for local, foreign players in UAAP, NCAA

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Kobe Paras, currently based in the United States, offers his two cents on the hotly-debated topic on whether to have separate MVPs for the UAAP and the NCAA. (File Photo)

While Kobe Paras is out in the U.S. to fulfill his basketball dreams, he’s still very active when it comes to the collegiate hoops scene here in the Philippines.

On a tweet, the Cal State Northridge Matador reacted to Ben Mbala being named the UAAP Most Valuable Player for the second straight year, joining the increasingly popular debate on whether the MVP award for collegiate leauges in the Philippines should have different recepients for local and foreign-born players.

Paras, the son of Pinoy basketball legend Benjie, said Cameroonian center Ben Mbala of De La Salle University “deserve that MVP”, but he also addressed the need for change, calling the current system “really unfair for the locals.”

He may have irked some fans with his post, as he offered a quick response, owning up to his statement but was also clear that he wasn’t trying to cause any controversy.

As a foreign collegiate player in the U.S., Paras has a take on the ruling that’s backed by two years of being in the circuit.

A couple of weeks back, Paras also said that 7’1″ standout Kai Sotto of the Ateneo High School Blue Eaglets should consider going to the U.S. to reach his maximum potential.

Mbala won the UAAP season 80 men’s basketball tournament MVP award by a wide margin, garnering 96.58 statistical points, a far cry from second-placer Thirdy Ravena, a local from rival school Ateneo who tallied 66.50 SPs.

What do you think of Kobe’s take? 





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