With some student-athletes having parents who have struggled in the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, they are forced to make tough choices.
Larry Muyang of Letran is one of them, as he has declared for the 2021 PBA Rookie Draft.
“Hindi na bata mga magulang ko. Isa pa, naaawa na ako sa papa ko. Driver kasi siya ng dumptruck at gusto ko na siya pahintuin,” he shared.
“Ako na lang magtratrabaho para sa kanila.”
The 25-year-old Muyang, who stands at 6-foot-5. will enter the draft despite having one more year of eligibility for the Knights.
It is still unknown how the NCAA will change its rules regarding the draft as its 96th season has yet to start.
Prior to this, an NCAA student-cager must first inform his school of his intention to enter the draft. He can only play in the PBA once his team has been ousted from the tournament.
Muyang first started his collegiate career in La Salle.
In 2017, he moved to Letran. The native of Santa Ana, Pampanga flourished there, winning Rookie of the Year honors in Season 94 before helping the Knights win the NCAA crown in Season 95.
Muyang averaged 12.7 points and 7.0 rebounds last season.
He also played for Pampanga and San Juan in the MPBL and Pampanga in the NBL.