The second-generation PBA player formally retired from the League on June 6, after one season with Blackwater, to focus on his career.
Paras informed Bossing team owner Dioceldo Sy of his immediate retirement through a letter.
Andre initially took a leave of absence from the team following his rookie season before he decided to finally call it quits.
“I would like to thank you all for all the great opportunities you have given me at Blackwater Bossing,” wrote the son of PBA myth Benjie Paras. “I have enjoyed working with the team and management and I am ready to move on to the next phase of my life and continue my acting career,” Paras debut series became one of his biggest breaks when he appeared in the fantasy-drama series with GMA in a supporting role. He also became a GMA Network contract artist in 2011 and a regular performer in Sunday noontime shows.
On the other hand, Blackwater Bossing selected Paras in the third round of the PBA season 46 Draft as the 27th overall pick. Prior to his journey with Blackwater Bossing, Paras played for the Imus Bandera for the 2018-2019 season of MPBL.
He averaged 2.2 points and 1.5 rounds in his lone season of the PBA, which saw the Bossing win just one game after enduring a historic skid of 29 straight losses.
Although Blackwater lost a big man following Paras’ retirement, the team still bolstered its frontcourt unit with the addition of top pick Brandon Ganuelas-Rosser and veteran Yousef Taha.
Sy, for this part wished Paras good luck in his future endeavors, but stressed it is sad to see the young cager go.
“Sayang sobra! So me, like a father to most of the players, I like to see them have a greener pasture. I know it’s heavy also on Andre’s heart to let destiny decide one’s path or journey,” Sy said. “I wish Andre all the best.”