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This Knight cager is Black Mamba’s namesake and a lot more

 By: Paolo Manuel Fule

What’s in a name? Perhaps if you’re a basketball player named after one of the greatest basketball players of all time, it is indeed an honor. But to give your best in every game to prove that you are all worth it is another thing. Indeed, Kobe Bryan Monje is walking his talk as a part of the Letran Squires family. 

Born Kobe Bryan Monje on November 23, 1999 at Bulan, Sorsogon to Mr. Al Monje and Edna Monje, the 6-foot-3 cager is now playing and studying as a junior high school in Colegio de San Juan de Letran in Manila.

Asked how he balances his studies and basketball, “Study first because ever since I was not yet a
player, I focus on my studies. When it’s time for basketball practices, I make sure also to focus on that”, said Kobe.

His career high in points is 28 in the PCABL tournament. His favorite NBA player is Kobe
“Black Mamba” Bryant and in the PBA, it’s Star Hotshots center Marc Pingris.

If there is a player whom he wishes to have a one-on-one game with, it would be Marc Pingris.
“We have the same story when we were growing up, and we also came from the same roots
since we are both Ilocano”, said Kobe.

Kobe wants to be a doctor someday and a PBA basketball star. With determination, perseverance and faith in God, this young athlete can achieve greater heights and carve a niche in the world of professional basketball in the near future.

*Photo by Mr. Teddy Manansala

Watch the video of his dunk during one of his practices. Click the link

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