Despite losing in their past two tournaments UAAP and PCCL, the De La Salle University Green Archers remain to be one of the favorites due to their talented roster in recent years.
This 2015, the defending FilOil Tournament Champions, the Green Archers, are parading several new players to add in their line-up. Among them is the San Beda Cub standout and a former National youth team Batang Gilas member, Andrei Caracut.
For starters, the team has its usual main guns, which include Jeron Teng, Prince Rivero, Thomas Torres and Jason Perkins, to name a few. While Caracut is just one of the highly-anticipated rookies in the collegiate scene, he mentioned that the veteran Archers are there to help and guide them, despite being new to the team and to the system.
“Sa una mahirap, kasi ‘di pa magkakakilala sa laro. Pero masaya naman ako kasi ‘yung veterans namin, gina-guide nila kami. Friendly sila at nakikipagusap. Madali lang samin [mag-adjust] kasi ‘di kami nahihiya magsalita. Vocal sila.” He shared.
The 5’11” guard will be in the Green and White jersey come Saturday, as the 2015 FilOil games begin. To further hype up the return of the basketball scene, the marquee game of the Saturday game day will be La Salle and San Beda clashing at 4pm.
Caracut shared his excitement in seeing his old school anew. He recalled of when he led the San Beda Cubs to its sixth straight Juniors title, while also notching the Finals MVP award a few months ago.
“Looking forward talaga kasi San Beda ‘yung kalaban. Alma Mater ko yun nung high school. Medyo may pressure. Makikita ko na yung alma mater ko yung makakalaban ko 5 years ko silang nakasama parang iba yung feeling. College na din kasi.” he said.
Overall, Caracut continued that he looks forward to being part of the team, and to play in the UAAP as he seeks to be one of the elite guards for DLSU.
“Excited talaga ako eh ngayon naghahanda talaga ako. Nag-aallot ako ng time mag palakas talaga. Sila Kib [Montalbo] at Thomas [Torres] talagang gina-guide nila ko sa point guard position dito sa college [level]” Andrei added.
At the end of the interview, he mentioned that he is also excited to feel the atmosphere that UAAP provides: the enthusiasm of the audience, and of course, to be part of an Ateneo-La Salle game.
“Yung crowd talaga nakaka-excite. Looking forward din ako sa first Ateneo-La Salle ko kasi nung nanuod ako, tumataas balahibo ko dahil sa crowd.”