#SLAMRisingStars 2018: Aaron Fermin of Team Punks

School: Arellano University Braves

Height: 6’5″

Position: Power Forward

Player you compare yourself to (playing style. etc.): “Marc Pingris and Vic Manuel. Kasi kahit hindi sila kalakihan na big man sa PBA, talagang lumalaban sila. Tapos si Pingris naman puro puso siya kung lumaban.”

Favorite PBA Team: “Barangay Ginebra. Kasi dahil kay coach Tim Cone. Iba kasi pag si Tim Cone.”

Favorite NBA player: “Iniidolize ko talaga sina Paul George at Russell Westbrook sa guards kasi magdudunk sila ng harap-harapan. Sa bigs naman si Draymond Green kasi all-around game niya. Puwede siya tumira sa labas at nagbibigay rin siya ng leadership presence sa court.”

School committed to play in college: “Has no yet decided as there is still a year left of eligibility in HS basketball.”

What part of your game do you feel you need to improve on in becoming a better player?: “Siguro kelangan ko lang na i-maintain ang laro ko, na fight lang kasi ako ang inaasahan ng team na siyang rerebound. Kaya ito ang kailangan ko na i-maintain. Kailangan ko rin na iimprove ang aking outside shooting, kasi ang mga big man ngayon dapat may tira na rin sa labas. Hindi puwede na puro sa loob lang.”

What are the achievements you’ve gotten during the past HS season?: “Best Defensive Team member, Mythical 5 member and Defensive Player of the Year in the NCAA Season 93 Juniors Basketball Tournament.”

What is your most memorable game so far?: “Noong Season 92. Kasi nag 8-1 kami sa first round tapos pagdating sa second round nagkagulo na kami, sunod-sunod na ang talo namin. Tapos sa Final Four, twice-to-beat ang San Beda. Tinalo namin sila sa Game 1 so kumbaga ang kumpiyansa naming lahat ay tumaas talaga. Pero noong Game 2, natalo na kami. Memorable na masakit para sa akin.”

Did you have a bad game this season? How were you able to bounce from it?: “Itong season lang, versus San Beda. Sobrang sakit ng ulo ko pero pinilt ko na maglaro kasi kailangan ako sa team. Naglaro ako ng 25 minutes pero naka-4 points lang ako at 2 rebounds. Iyon ang pinakamasakit na nangyari sa akin kasi crucial ‘yung laro na iyon.”

What is the most memorable lesson you’ve learned from your coach?: “Ang tinuturo sa amin ni coach (Tylor Darjuan) ay huwag ka makalimot kung saan ka nagmula, huwag na hwuwag lalaki ang ulo mo.”

Who do you consider as your toughest opponent on the court?: “Si Inand Fornillos. Kahit undersized siya na big man, pagtalon mo talagang sasabay siya sa iyo. Kaya kailangan ko siyang i-box out para mas madaling makakuha ng rebounds. Malakas kasi siya tumalon.”

What can we expect from you in the 2018 SLAM Rising Stars Classic?: “Gagawin ko lang ‘yung best ko, at ‘yung ginawa ko last year, dadagdagan ko pa. Palaging work hard lang kung bibigyan ako ng pagkakataon na makalaro.”

What are your plans for the future?: “Sa last season ko dito sa HS, kailangan ko na magsipag. Kumbaga ito ang mahalaga kasi diyan ka makikilala. Kailangang pumutok ang pangalan mo para kung sakali na may kukuha sa iyo (for collegiate basketball).”

Aaron Fermin

Considered as one of the premiere big men in the HS ranks today, Aaron Fermin returns for another tour of duty in the SLAM Rising Stars Classic after making his debut a season ago.

Boasting averages of 14.8 points, 16.4 boards and 2.2 blocks for the Arellano Braves in this season’s NCAA Juniors tournament, Fermin cemented his reputation as a legit two-way big by being named to the tournament’s Best Defensive Team, Mythical 5 selection and as this season’s Defensive Player of the Year while doing it with one more year of playing eligibility left. Imagine what he’ll do next season especially that he has yet to commit to his college team of choice, which means that Fermin will have the tournament as his audition for the next level. Opposing teams and their respective bigs should take notice.

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