MANILA, Philippines–Fran Yu is hoping that his stint with NorthPort within the PBA On Tour would supply helpful expertise earlier than throwing his identify within the large league’s Rookie Draft in September.
The previous Letran star was one of some non-PBA gamers who had been signed to participate within the two-exhibition collection which might give Fran an early look of what’s in retailer transferring ahead.
“That’s why I needed to play [in the PBA On Tour] due to the possibility to make myself prepared as soon as I enter the PBA,” Yu stated in Filipino after NorthPort’s 97-89 loss to Meralco on Wednesday at Ynares Sports activities Area in Pasig Metropolis.
It was Yu himself who requested Batang Pier coach Bonnie Tan, who was his mentor as a part of Letran’s NCAA three-peat run, if he can swimsuit up for the collection after the league allowed groups to signal amateurs who’re set to hitch the Draft.
Yu requested Tan throughout Letran’s journey to South Korea which was the reward given to the Knights following their profitable NCAA run.
The 2019 NCAA Finals Most Precious Participant opened his On Tour with 5 factors on 1-of-4 taking pictures in 20 minutes.
“The physicality [in the PBA] is totally different, however I believe that I’ll finally get used to it,” he stated. “I additionally must bulk up in order that I can sustain with the veteran gamers.”
The PBA stint is a part of a busy schedule for Yu, who a day after donning the NorthPort jersey suited up for PSP in a double-overtime loss to Centro Escolar College within the PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup.
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