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Once a victim of cyberbullying - Fran Yu becomes Most Improved Player in NCAA

by Niel Victor Masoy, November 13, 2019 5:22pm

Before his current ascent in the National CollegiateAthletic Association (NCAA), Fran Yu was once a subject of cyberbullying when he was playing in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP).

A Facebook post with a caption ‘san ba kinuha ng UE (University of the East) ‘tong player na ‘to, parang mamasada lang’ circulated in 2015 when Yu was still playing for the Red Warriors in UAAP season 78.

With the post obviously going viral, people made fun of Yu, who was then a lanky 16-year-old boy.

Yu admitted the said post hurt him and brought his confidence down. 

“Na-down ako nun eh,” said Yu, who now plays for the Colegio de San Juan de Letran Knights in the NCAA.

“Siyempre ginagawa ko naman yung best ko lagi tapos may ganun [cyberbully] parang distraction talaga eh. Kasi pag nasa laro ang iniisip mo na kailangan mo magpakita,” added the 2015 Palarong Pambansa MVP from Chiang Kai Shek.

Nonetheless, Yu - a 5-foot-9 point guard - used such as a fuel to show what he can really do on the hardcourt.

“Yung cyberbully na ‘yun ginawa kong motivation yun para ipakita dun sa nang-bully sa akin na kung sino talaga ako,” he uttered.

Prove his bullies who he really is, Yu did. Now a 20-year-old seasoned with struggles of bullying and other battles he went through, Yu became the Most Improved Player this NCAA season 95 Men’s basketball tournament.

From a 93rd SP ranking in season 94, Yu made a huge leap as he is now ranked 19th this season 95. Yes, that’s 74 notches higher.

Perhaps, Yu just needed more time to flourish. The lanky guard even had to transfer to Traill International School in Bangkok, Thailand in 2016 to hone his skills.

A year after playing abroad, Yu returned here in the Philippines, transferred to Letran, and served his one-year residency.

Four years after being bullied online, Yu can now find those bullies and brag about what he has just achieved.

But Yu is letting those guys get off the hook. Instead, he’s just ready to prove those bullies wrong anew. He’s just ready to show what he’s really capable of.

“Bahala sila (bullies) doon,” remarked Yu, who’s one of major driving forces in this Knights’ post-season run in the NCAA, where they are just a win away from claiming the title (their 18th overall) at the expense of the San Beda University (SBU) Red Lions.

“Hindi mo naman ma-cocontrol mga utak nung mga yun eh. Kung ano gusto nilang sabihin, I’ll prove them wrong nalang.”

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