Kobe Paras is joining a new generation of ex-collegiate cage standouts, who play overseas, particularly Japan.
The 23-year-old Paras signed a professional contract with B.League Division I team, the Niigata Albirex, a Japanese ballclub based in Nagaoka, Niigata.
“We are pleased to announce that we have signed with Kobe Paras for 2021-2022 season. By the conclusion of this contract, Kobe’s entry into Japan is not yet permitted at this time,” said the ballclub in a Twitter message to their fans.
So far, there are now seven Filipino cagers, who are set to play for different ballclubs in Japan, namely Thirdy Ravena, Kiefer Ravena, Juan Gomez de Liano, Javi Gomez de Liano, Bobby Ray Parks and Kenmark Cariño.
Last week, Parks suited up for Japan B.League Division I team Nagoya Diamond Dolphins.
Thirdy Ravena was the first on the list as he is now with San-En NeoPhoenix.
His brother Kiefer is preparing to play for Shiga Lakestars.
Javi Gomez de Liaño hooked up with the Ibaraki Robots, Juan Gómez de Liaño is with Earth Friends Tokyo Z and Kemark Carino was acquired by Aomori Wat in the league’s second division.
“I can’t wait to meet my new teammates out there and hear the amazing fans cheer us on every game!” said Paras in an online post.