#SLAMRisingStars 2018: Mac Guadaña of Team Hype

Height: 6’0″

High School: Lyceum of the Philippines University-Cavite Junior Pirates (Grade 10)

Position: Shooting Guard/Small Forward

Player comparison: Di naman sobrang katulad, pero si Kiefer Ravena.

Favorite PBA player: Kiefer Ravena

Tournaments played: NCAA

International Experience: Batang Gilas (2017 SEABA)

Expectations on SLAM Rising Stars: “Siguro yung exposure, ma-improve yung skills ko, saka yung makilala na rin yung iba pang magagaling na players sa high school.”

Most memorable game: “Yung first win namin kasi kami yung unang nagpanalo sa LPU Junior Pirates simula noong sumali sila sa NCAA [Juniors].”

Most memorable lesson from coaches: “To be a champion inside and outside the court. Tapos sa Gilas, focus on the vision din.”

Mac Guadana

He can drive. He can shoot from deep.  He can rebound. He can even make plays when the opportunity arises. Mac Guadaña can do it all for any team he plays for. Not convinced? Just check out his stats at the 2017 SEABA U16 game against Indonesia: 19 points, 11 assists, and 10 rebounds.

Yup. Your eyes aren’t deceiving you. That’s a triple double! What’s even more amazing is Guadaña  did it on an international tournament, where his teammates were the country’s best from their age bracket. He finished that tournament with 12.5 points, 5.2 rebounds and 6.8 assists per game. He’s definitely not a one-game spectacle.

For him, he had a different experience while playing for Batang Gilas as compared to playing for his alma mater. “Siguro yung pinagkaiba is mas gamit ako sa LPU kasi siyempre mas marami ang playing time ko dun. Sa Gilas naman, more on system kaya maganda. Saka marami naman kaming mga nagawa kaya maganda yung ikot ng bola.” But wherever he plays, he can always produce for his team in any way he can.

How does he bring this kind of play on the court? For him, it’s having the right mentality. He knows that not every play will go out as planned. He just needs to move on and try to do what is asked from him on the next sequence. “Siguro, next play na lang. Binabaon ko na lang yung mga natututunan ko tapos forward lang nang forward.”

He’ll be donning national colors once again, as he’s due for a call-up at the Batang Gilas roster, which is set to compete at the FIBA Asia U16. But before that, he will have a chance to prove his worth when he faces the best high school players in the country at this year’s SLAM Rising Stars.