WHILE Columbian Dyip awaits its playoffs fate in the PBA Philippine Cup, Rashawn McCarthy would just want to have fun first.
"It's my first time and I'm excited to be around with the guys, represent my team, and represent myself."
And it comes in the form of a first ever stint in the annual All-Stars.
The prolific guard said he's definitely looking forward to the March 28 to 31 event in Calasiao, Pangasinan where he will participate as part of the Juniors selection that will battle the Rookies/Sophomore team and the Three-Point shootout side event.
"I'm just getting ready for the All-Star weekend. I'm just staying ready for that," said McCarthy after the Dyip played their last elimination round outing in the All-Filipino conference last week.
The Dyip lost to TnT Katropa, 101-98, to end up with a 4-7 record. They now await if they get eliminated outright or engage in a playoff for the eighth and final berth in the quarterfinals.
Joining the 29-year-old native of New York in the Juniors selection are the core of the 2016 Gilas Pilipinas cadet that include Mac Belo, Roger Pogoy, Matthew Wright, Jio Jalalon, Carl Bryan Cruz, Kevin Ferrer, Russel Escoto, Mike Tolomia, and Ed Daquioag.
McCarthy and Ael Banal are the only ones who were not part of the cadets team.
And then there's the Three-Point shootout.
The Columbian Dyip Fil-Am will be up against some of the league's top marksmen that include defending champion James Yap of Rain or Shine, LA Tenorio (Barangay Ginebra), Marcio Lassiter (San Miguel), Matthew Wright (Phoenix), Pogoy (TnT Katropa), and Baser Amer (Meralco).
Completing the cast are rookie Robert Bolick (NorthPort), Simon Enciso (Alaska), Mike Digregorio (Blackwater), Philip Paniamogan (NLEX), and Peter June Simon (Magnolia).
This early, McCarthy is already having some playful words with Lassiter, his former teammate at San Miguel, who in his years of competing in the Three-Point shootout, has yet to win the contest.
"Yeah, I've been talking thrash to Marcio, so I got to practice some more," said McCarthy. (RG)