McCant's New Deal

Rashad McCants knew exactly what he was getting into when he signed on to play in the BIG3, the new professional 3-on-3 basketball league that begins play June 25.

“It’s a resurrection for me as a player and as a person,” McCants told Uproxx.com’s DIME Magazine. “It is something that I am just extremely grateful and excited for. I want to wake everybody up and help them remember who I was as a player.”

McCants was a national champion at the University of North Carolina in 2005, and the 14th overall pick in the NBA draft that year, taken by the Minnesota Timberwolves. He showed flashes of his scoring prowess, like in 2007 when he averaged 14.9 points and was 41 percent from three-point range.

As McCants told DIME, he worked extremely hard to get in prime shape and be ready for the BIG3 draft on April 30. The work paid off, as McCants was the first overall pick in the draft. McCants will play on a Trilogy team that features captain Kenyon Martin, co-captain Al Harrington, James White and Dion Glover. Trilogy is coached by Rick Mahorn.

McCants said he has high hopes for the new league, and for Trilogy in particular.

“I expect it to be very entertaining,” McCants said. “I expect high intense, competitive games and I just think we’re going to shock the fans. I also expect our team to win it all.”

The DIME story also got into McCants’ community work, including his own “Heroes Foundation,” which lends financial support to promising young artists and athletes.

“We live in a world of entertainment,” McCants said. “So the world where we can help and support aspiring youth to reach their goals is something I’m very passionate about.”

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