DISHEARTENING as it is for Jollo Go, Mark Dyke, and two others to bid La Salle goodbye following their sudden cut, a former Green Archer bench-warmer turned top PBA rookie reminded the players that this is not the end for them.
Take it from Robert Bolick, who after leaving Taft in 2014 a broken man transformed himself into a star at San Beda where he won three NCAA championships and became one of collegiate basketball's top point guards.
"Syempre masakit yan sa una, pero mas lalo kang titibay pag ganoon eh. It's just a hurdle na kailangan nilang lagpasan," he told SPIN.ph.
Bolick was part of La Salle's UAAP Season 76 championship team back in 2013, but was gone the following summer after being barely used by then Green Archers head coach Juno Sauler.
He found himself in Mendiola, where he turned into one of the Red Lions' all-time greats and was even named the Collegiate Basketball Player of the Year in 2018.
NorthPort picked the Ormoc-born Bolick third overall in the 2018 PBA Rookie Draft.
That's why the 23-year-old guard could offer nothing but uplifting words to these players as he hopes that Go and Dyke, as well as Miggy Corteza and Aaron Waban, take this as a challenge wherever their basketball paths lead them.
"Para sa akin, ito yung time para mas mag-double effort sila at double training. Gawin nila ito not to prove anything to the school but to yourself that you are a good basketball player and that you are worth it," he said.
Dyke, Corteza, and Waban are all rumored to take their act to St. Benilde, while Go, a standout from Hope Christian High School, remains uncertain of his future as he has one more playing year remaining in his collegiate career.
"It's all about mindset," said Bolick. "For me, the more the problems, the more adversities I face, the more that I want to wake up in the morning and work my ass off."