CARL Tamayo, Gerry Abadiano and Kevin Quiambao all said it was a tough decision to leave National University as they start their collegiate careers.
The former Bullpups trio told The Prospects Pod of the grueling process they had to endure before making their life-changing decisions.
"Sobrang hirap kasi like nung other players na pumunta sa college na graduating. mahirap mag-decide ng basta basta lang eh. Kailangan talagang pagisipan yan," said Abadiano.
It was almost certain the three would move up to the Bulldogs, with their Bullpups mentor Goldwin Monteverde being promoted to the seniors team.
And the potential was promising, especially with the juniors side winning back-to-back crowns, including a perfect 16-0 season last UAAP Season 82.
Yet it wasn't the case, with Tamayo and Abadiano heading to University of the Philippines and Quiambao choosing to take his act to La Salle.
What seemed like an instant boost for National University was no more as its UAAP rivals gained these coveted assets.
The three said the decisions were made with the guidance of the people close to them.
"Sa family ko ako humingi ng advice at ng guidance kung anong school yung maganda para sa akin," said Abadiano. "Lahat naman ng ginagawa ko is para naman sa family ko."
"Family’s decision din sa akin eh," said Quiambao. "Yung suporta ng family ko sa akin, yun yung naging factor kasi simula pa nung bata ako, good soldier ako sa kanila at susundin ko lang kung ano yung nasa puso ko and nasa puso rin nila."
Tamayo added: "Iniisip lang din naman nila yung best for me."