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‘SIKAP LANG DIN’ | Two-time PBA MVP June Mar Fajardo says no secret to his rapid development

Sports5/Pranz Kaeno Billones

Sports5/Pranz Kaeno Billones

Only three years into a young but decorated career, back-to-back MVP winner June Mar Fajardo of San Miguel is reaching milestones faster than expected.

The 6-foot-10 Cebuano center said there was no secret to his rapid progression from a high-potential prospect to one the most dominant forces that the league has ever seen.

“Sikap lang din,” Fajardo said. “Hindi ko naman ma-a-achieve yung mga nakuha ko kung uupo lang ako eh. Kung may pangarap ka, kailangan magtiyaga ka.”

The 25-year-old Fajardo already has two PBA MVP awards in just three years in the league. On Friday’s Leo Awards, he collected more than his fair share of citations, winning the Sportsmanship Award as well as being named to the Mythical and All-Defensive Teams.

He capped the evening by leading his team to the Governors’ Cup championship and winning the Finals MVP award.

Fajardo has no plans of slowing down just yet, saying that he’s only just begun in his career.

“More championships pa,” Fajardo said when asked what he still wanted to accomplish.

“Kailangan huwag tayong makuntento. Continuous improvement pa dapat,” he added.

That improvement will probably come about when he embarks on his next challenge – attempting to help the Philippine national men’s basketball team qualify for the Olympics for the first time since 1972.

He is expected to receive plenty of exposure when Gilas Pilipinas battles against Asia’s finest teams in the 2015 FIBA Asia Championship, which will begin this September in China.

“Paghahandaan natin yan. Excited rin ako kasi marami akong matututunan dahil magagagaling naglalaro sa FIBA Asia,” added Fajardo.

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