Top overall pick June Mar Fajardo has been strutting his wares in Petron Blaze Boosters practice, and his performance has led San Miguel Corporation executive Noli Eala to believe the 6-foot-10 slotman could become a true force in the PBA.
“If June Mar will realize what he has, he could be a dominant player,” Eala told InterAKTV. “It’s rare to find someone who has the size and strength, and June Mar has both of these.”
Eala said Petron’s Dorian Pena has been showing Fajardo the ropes during Petron’s preseason training, and the veteran center likes what he sees in the youngster.
“Dorian told me that there are only few people [in the PBA] who play strong — him, Ali Peek, and Jondan Salvador. Dorian had a difficult time pushing June Mar because he was so strong, he’s agile, and has skills. It’s rare to find a big man who has a complete package in his game,” said Eala.
Fajardo, a former University of Cebu star, spent the past year in the ASEAN Basketball League for the San Miguel Beermen, which is owned by the same conglomerate that bankrolls the Boosters.
He is expected to play a key role for Petron, with veteran frontliners Pena and Danny Ildefonso getting up in age and the team trading away frontliners Rob Reyes and Noy Baclao in the offseason.
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