Former top high school prospect Fran Yu is no longer with the UE men’s basketball team.
No less than coach Derrick Pumaren shared the development to FOX Sports, saying he has already dropped the 5-foot-8 Yu out of the Red Warriors’ roster for his failure to regularly attend their practices ahead of the UAAP Season 79 men’s basketball wars.
“He is not showing up in our practices,” said Pumaren during a phone interview on Saturday afternoon. “After the UAAP last year, I think he has attended just 4 or 5 times.”
Pumaren added Yu, a former star guard of Chiang Kai Shek College, is still enrolled at UE’s main campus but did not attend his classes during the second semester, making him ineligible to be given by school management the green light to play.
“For sure, dropped na rin siya du’n sa mga klase niya kaya paano niya mami-meet ‘yung passing grade para makalaro sa UAAP next season?” said Pumaren, adding Yu has refused to share to him what’s really bugging him of late.
Pumaren disclosed Yu still suited up for the Red Warriors “at least twice” during an invitational tourney held at the Technological Institute of the Philippines-Manila that ended last February when they finished tied for fourth overall.
But just when Pumaren thought Yu was on his way back to the team, the lanky guard was nowhere to be found on their succeeding training sessions.
“Undisclosed talaga ‘yung reasons niya. Hindi niya talaga sinabi sa akin kung ano talaga ‘yung problema niya,” he added. “He is good, a very promising player. But how can I include him in the lineup if his attitude is like that?”
In his first season with the Red Warriors, Yu mostly played as a back-up to guards Bonbon Batiller and Philip Manalang, averaging 2.0 points, 1.30 rebounds, 0.7 assists and 0.4 steals against 1.7 errors in 10 games. — By Jerome Lagunzad