Kobe Paras, a 6-foot-6 UCLA commit from the Philippines who played for L.A. Cathedral this past season as a junior, won't be playing for the Phantoms this season, Coach William Middlebrooks said in a text on Wednesday.
"Due to the difference in academic calendars between the United States and the Philippines, Kobe would exhaust his eight semesters of eligibility at the end of the 1st semester this year," Middlebrooks said. "His family made decision not to have him play for Cathedral for only half a basketball season."
Paras averaged 15 points last season and helped attract a dedicated group of fans from the Philippines to games who supported him.
He is continuing to attend Cathedral. He will play for the Middlebrooks Academy team.