Thailand-bound Fran Yu explains decision to leave UE

Just as UE coach Derrick Pumaren told FOX Sports he is removing guard Fran Yu from the Red Warriors’ lineup, the young guard talked about the reason behind his decision.

Citing academic constraints, a hand injury and his ability to adjust to the UAAP’s high level of play, Yu said he has decided to leave the Recto school for an opportunity abroad.

“Gusto kong maka-gain pa ng experience kasi iba yung level ng college kumpara sa high school,” said the former Chiang Kai Shek star after playing for the Batang Gilas U18 squad in a scrimmage against FEU.

Read: Derrick Pumaren says guard Fran Yu out of UE lineup

Yu shared he is going to play for Traill International School in Bangkok, Thailand, an academic institution which recently sent a team to the NBTC at the Mall of Asia Arena.

“Sana makatulong ako sa team,” he added. “Feeling ko nawawala na ako sa laro ko, kaya gusto ko lang talaga ibalik ulit.”

Yu, who played backup to Philip Manalang and Bonbon Batiller in his maiden season with UE, vowed to return to the UAAP in a year or 2.

“Mag-gagain lang ako ng experience and magdevelop lang ng body ko, tapos babalik,” he said. “Iba talaga kasi katawan nila, mahirap makipagsabayan.” — By Jason Mercene

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