Caracut hoping experience will be enough


    EXPERIENCE is the best teacher.

    Former La Salle standout Andrei Caracut is banking on his short-lived stint for Alab Pilipinas in the Asean Basketball League in his bid to get tabbed in the PBA draft.

    “Kasi iyong teammates ko, talagang experienced na sila. Halos lahat nag-pro na. Iyong experience din ng coaches ko, marami silang experience na naituro sa akin,” Caracut said in an episode of Tiebreaker Times’ The Prospects Pod.

    “Siguro malaking impact iyong nakasama ko si Jason Brickman sa team kasi every training talagang nakikipag-compete ako sa kanya and nakikita ko paano siya maglaro, paano pumasa, habang nakakalaro mo siya, natututo ka,” he added.

    The 5-foot-8 Caracut averaged 9.6 points, on top of 3.0 rebounds, and 4.1 assists in his swan song for the Green Archers in the last UAAP cage wars in 2019.

    After his collegiate career laced with a title in 2016 under coach Aldin Ayo, the Tayabas, Quezon native suited up for Alab but saw limited minutes playing behind Fil-Am playmaker Jason Brickman, who is also among the record 97 rookie hopefuls in the draft set on March 14.

    That’s just fine for Caracut, a former UAAP Rookie of the Year awardee, who said his experience of being handled by PBA legend and Alab coach Jimmy Alapag should help him if and when he gets picked in the pro league.

    “Sa ABL, ang mga kalaban doon ay former NBA players, talagang mabibigat.

    Masasabi ko na skilled sila, magaling dumepensa, kaya doon, defensively kailangan ready ka rin kasi magagaling sila,” Caracut said. “Siguro iyong experience na iyon madadala ko sa PBA.”

    Fil-Am Joshua Munzon or Jamie Malonzo, also a Fil-Am, is projected to be the No. 1 pick overall.

    The likes of Jason Brickman, Mikey Williams, Jeremiah Gray, Brandon Ganuelas-Rosser, Leonard Santillan, Alvin Pasaol, Franky Johnson, Ben Adamos, and Larry Muyang are expected to be picked in the first round of the proceedings likely to be held online due to the restrictions posed by the deadly COVID-19 pandemic.