Turning twenty-five today, June Mar Fajardo has evolved from being just a big man to a big man who can go against excellent basketball players like Jayson Castro, Mark Barroca, and Asi Taulava among others.
The 6-foot-10 Fajardo was born in Pinamungajan, Cebu in November 17, 1989. He played for the University of Cebu Webmasters as center in his college years, and was eventually drafted in 2012. He was the first pick of Petron Blaze Booster, now San Miguel Beerman.
In one of his interviews after being hailed MVP plum for PBA Governor’s Cup 2014, All Defensive Team and Most Improved Player, he recounted the first time he tried out for the Webmasters.
After graduating from Bato National High School, he was in need of a scholarship and so he tried his luck to get in the team. Until now, he’s so thankful for the chance as it paved the way for his career in the national arena.
During his years in Cebu, he was able to grab the title CESAFI MVP for three consecutive years and National Collegiate Player in 2010.
The Kraken, as he was fondly called, was chosen to play for the 2014 World Championships under the team Gilas Pilipinas. He was later tagged as the “Future of the Philippine Basketball”.
He continues to show improvements in his play. His rivalry against Greg Slaughter, also a Cebuano, has become something to look forward to for lots of basketball fans in the country. Even Asi Taulava who plays for NLEX Road Warriors also expressed his excitement to face the San Miguel Beermen center.