- Middlebrooks Academy attested that Kobe Paras has no academic issues
- It was earlier reported that the young cager was denied admission to the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) due to SAT scoring issue
- Middlebrooks said Paras is a full academic qualifier per NCAA Eligibility Center academic requirements
Amid speculations, the Middlebrooks Academy, where Kobe Paras spent his final playing year as a high school student, clarified that he had no academic issues.
In a statement posted on Spin.ph, Middlebrooks refuted the report by the LA Times which earlier quoted Cathedral High School principal John Montgomery as saying that “there was a SAT (Scholastic Assessment Test) scoring issue” with Paras, an article published by ABS-CBN News on July 2 disclosed.
Earlier reports noted that the SAT score was allegedly the reason Paras was denied admission to the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).
As such, Middlebrooks said Paras’ SAT score “has been used as part of the process to evaluate his academic eligibility through the NCAA Eligibility Center, which has ultimately deemed Kobe Paras a full academic qualifier.”
“UCLA Athletic Department has communicated to Kobe and his family that Kobe is indeed a full academic qualifier per NCAA Eligibility Center academic requirements,” it added.
On June 28, however, the UCLA Admissions Department, which is a separate entity from the Athletic Department, issued a corporate decision which denied the young cager admission to UCLA.
Middlebrooks disclosed that the admissions department in any school was not required to justify its decision denying entry to a student.
Based on Middlebrooks disclosure, Paras performed well in academics with several achievements to include Chemistry Star Scholar award winner, Physics and Calculus award winner, an inductee of the California Scholarship Federation, and a multiple semester Honor Roll student.
To top all his achievements, Paras graduated from Cathedral High School with honors.
Despite denying entrance to UCLA, Middlebrooks said Paras was moving on to find another Division 1 college.
Reportedly, some 80 Division 1 schools have expressed interest to sign the young cager.