THANKS largely to his height and heft, former Letran big man Larry Muyang was used to powering his way inside the paint during his playing years in the NCAA.
The PBA is a different animal, however, and the 6-foot-6, 220-lb Muyang knows it.
“Ang sabi lang nila (Muyang’s former coaches), trabaho lang, huwag kang hihinto lalo na si coach Jeff (Napa), nakausap ko, kailangan ko raw magpalakas, huwag daw ako makuntento kung ano iyong ginagawa ko dati,” Muyang said in an episode of The Prospects Pod.
“Tuloy-tuloy lang kasi iba daw sa pro, nandiyan na iyong magugulang talaga na player kaya kailangan lang daw talaga magpalakas,” he added.
Muyang, 26, averaged 12.4 points and 7.2 rebounds for the Knights in the last NCAA cage wars.
A native of Arayat, Pampanga, Muyang played a key role in Letran’s title win over then four-peat-seeking San Beda University in 2019.
Muyang still had one playing year for the Intramuros-based five but chose to apply as one of 97 rookie hopefuls, a league record, in the draft set on March 14 and likely to be held virtually due to the restrictions of the deadly pandemic.
The uncertainty of the NCAA 96th season and the pandemic also led to Muyang’s decision to turn pro.
“Sa totoo lang matagal na akong nag-iisip kasi dapat talaga dalawang taon lang ako maglalaro sa Letran dahil sa edad ko,” Muyang said. “Natiyempuhan lang sa pandemic kaya iyon, nag-apply na ako.”
Muyang vowed to work double time if and when he gets tabbed.
“Sa akin naman kung anong ginagawa ko dati noong college, dodoblehin ko, kung puwedeng tritriplehin pa, siyempre para lang makatulong sa team,” he said.
“Tsaka kung dadating man doon sa finals, sobrang blessings na iyon.”