Andre Paras has returned to his first love—basketball.
Before pursuing a career in showbiz, the 21-year-old Kapuso actor was part of the varsity team of La Salle Greenhills in high school.
In college, he played for University of the Philippines and San Beda College.
Andre took a break from playing competitive basketball in 2015.
But after two years, he's back in action as part of AMA Online Education team, which competes in the PBA D-League.
PBA D-League is the official minor league basketball organization of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA).
PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) had a quick chat with Andre at the unveiling of 2017 YES! 100 Most Beautiful Stars, Tuesday night, July 11.
Andre related his reason for returning to basketball.
He said, “I feel great! I decided to play again because I have time.
“You know, I guess I got inspired one day because of my dad and my brother.
“They didn't tell me, I just thought about it.
"I saw their awards at home and I thought to myself na maybe there's still something I can achieve at 21.
“You know, I believe, in basketball, you can be 35 or 40 here in the Philippines.
“So, while I'm young, I still wanna pursue the dream I started with.”
Andre is the the eldest son of PBA great Benjie Paras and the brother of basketball prodigy Kobe Paras.
FIRST GAME. How was his first game in the PBA D-League?
Andre said, “It was amazing because I forgot how competitive it was, especially it was not college anymore.
“It's more of a mix of ex-PBA players, upcoming and rising star, a mix of young players as well.
“So, it's a diverse league, and I'm really happy to be able to showcase what I could have worked on.
“But honestly, it's something that I see myself doing in the future talaga.”
Does this mean he is open to join professional basketball?
He replied, “As of now, with the rate I'm playing, I still wanna improve on things.
“I have problems with, talking about basketball, I have so much lapses pa rin as an individual player.
“As a team player, I think I can do well.
“But of course, you know, pretty much the average age of player to get drafted kasi in the PBA is usually 24 or 25, that's pretty a young age.
“I'm 21, so maybe I have two more years to improve on basketball.”
In an earlier report by sports website SPIN.ph, some coaches noticed Andre's potential to be part of the professional basketball league.
“It really means a lot,” said Andre about the positive remarks about his basketball skill.
“It keeps me more motivated and to work on things I need to work on talaga as a player.”
In a separate interview with SPIN, Andre said there's no conflict in his schedule in basketball and showbiz.
“As of now, I'm not doing anything big with work. Lenient at supportive din naman yung network with me. For me rin kasi, I do love doing both,” he said.
Andre is currently visible in GMA Network's Sunday noontime show Sunday Pinasaya.