Former Red Cub Andrei Caracut plays down expectations as he joins Green Archers
Andreei Caracut tries to plays down expectations as he battles for a spot in La Salle's UAAP squad. Dante Peralta

ANDREI Caracut is looking forward to teaming up once again with Jollo Go, this time with the De La Salle Green Archers after their time together with the national youth team.

Caracut and Go suited up for Batang Gilas in the Fiba Under-17 World Championship last year in Dubai.

“Si Jollo ang ka-close ko talaga dito. Nagsama na rin kami ni Jollo sa RP (national team). Siya rin ’yung ka-close ko doon,” said the 5-foot-10 Caracut after La Salle played a tune-up game with a Korean college team at The Arena in San Juan.

Caracut played with the Green Archers for the first time, teaming up with Jeron Teng, Jason Perkins, and Ben Mbala against a Korean college team. He wore a green La Salle jersey, but without a number.

Go was unable to join the tune-up game as he has yet to return after attending the NBA All-Star Weekend Basketball Without Borders Global Camp in New York City.

The 18-year-old playmaker couldn’t hide his excitement playing for the Green Archers, but at the same time he admitted it was tough playing against a much-taller squad.

“Ginagawa ko lang ’yung role ko dahil point guard talaga ako. Kung ano ang kailangan nila, ’yun lang ang gagawin ko,” said Caracut.

“Hindi mawawala ’yung pressure. Nasa akin lang ’yun. Ready lang ako sa game, balewala ’yung pressure,” said Caracut.

The young played tried to play down expectations, saying he is still a work in progress despite his credentials as he tries to break into the La Salle lineup.

“Excited ako na maglaro talaga sa La Salle lalo na sa UAAP. Pero siyempre matagal pa ’yung season. Kailangang paghandaan,” said Caracut, who averaged 14.7 points last season with the Red Cubs before winning the Finals MVP award.

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