Three ASEAN Basketball League Players were selected in the Philippine Basketball Association Draft, led by June Mar Fajardo, who was selected as the first overall pick. As expected, Fajardo was selected No. 1 overall by the Petron Blaze. The 6'10'' center vowed to help his new team. “I thank Petron for putting their trust in me. I will play really hard and try to improve my game so that I can help the team," said the former San Miguel Beermen's big man who wants to improve his perimeter shooting and speed. "I'm ready to take on a new challenge," added Fajardo.
Fajardo was only averaging 4.6 points and 4.1 rebounds per game during the ABL regular season but one area that Fajardo shines, as you might expect, is on defense. Fajardo’s size and strength plus his great defensive awareness made him one of the best defenders in the ABL. Everything he does might not show on the stat sheet but Beermen’s head coach Bobby Parks was always a big fan of Fajardo’s game. “He is the future big man of the Philippines,” said coach Parks about Fajardo.
Former AirAsia Philippine Patriots’ Aldrech Ramos was selected at 5th overall by the Barako Bull. But Ramos did not last long as a Barako Bull player as Ramos was traded to the B-Meg Llamados. Ramos’ best game in the ABL came on April 21st when he scored 14 points and grabbed 8 rebounds against Indonesia Warriors.
Last but not least, former Indonesia Warriors’ point guard Jerick Canada was selected 28th overall by the Ginebra. Canada played a big role in Warriors’ championship team last season. He is super quick and his pesky defense would bother opposing guards. Canada is also a good passer with three-point range. He plays bigger than his listed height of 5’9’’, and he isn’t afraid to mix it up in the lane.
*) All photos by Nuki Sabio