CEBU CITY – Cebu’s close-knit basketball community remains in disbelief after the non-inclusion of the Cesafi’s consensus top high school player, Joshua Yerro of the University of the Visayas, from the Mythical Five team.
Yerro, the pride of Ormoc, led the league in both scoring and rebounding, with averages of 18 points and 15 rebounds per outing. He also tacked on four assists and three steals per game.
Come the awarding ceremonies after Game Two however, Yerro’s name was not included in the Mythical Five, which had his teammates Popoy Actub and Gabriel Cometa, the University of Cebu’s Jan Ranido, the University of San Jose-Recoletos’ Kendrick Abarquez and the University of Southern Philippines’ Rojan Montemayor.
“It’s really unfair since the selection committee apparently did not base their picks on statistics. I don’t know what they based it on. It’s unfair to the kid. Even though he didn’t get to win MVP, he should have at least been part of the Mythical Five,” said UV’s long time head coach, Jun Pepito.
Dondon Hontiveros, the Cebuano basketball great who’s now an assistant coach for the basketball programs of his alma mater, the University of Cebu, likened Yerro’s skills to that of current pros Calvin Abueva and Scottie Thompson as well as that of Lyceum star, CJ Perez.
“That’s the kind of ability that Joshua has,” Hontiveros remarked.
Even players from the collegiate division who have taken notice of Yerro’s performances, which included a 15-point, 30-rebound, 10-assists triple-double in the finals, was dismayed upon learning of his snub.
“Of all the high school players, he really is above everyone else. And then, that happens?” said USJ-R forward, Nichole Ubalde.
Southwestern University-Phinma head coach Jerry Abuyabor also had something to say about Yerro’s standing this past season.
“For me, he was the best high school athlete of the year,” Abuyabor shared.
As of press time, Cesafi officials have yet to reply to this writer’s queries.