Arellano High already has its next big thing in Aaron Fermin
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Mar 15, 2017 06:34 PM
NEXT MAN UP. Aaron Fermin (rightmost), along with Lars Sunga (leftmost), represent the post-Guilmer Dela Torre future for the Arellano Braves.
Guilmer Dela Torre and Carlo Abadeza, the two spearheads who busted Arellano High School through the door of contention, will be Braves no more.
Still, Arellano seems as formidable as ever in the years to come now with back-to-back Rookies of the Year in Lars Sunga and Aaron Fermin leading the way.
In particular, it’s Fermin who has raised the ceiling for the Braves – raised it all the way up to his still-growing six-foot-five frame.
The 16-year-old capped off an impressive debut season where he averaged 10.9 points, 9.8 rebounds, and 1.9 blocks by being recognized as the NCAA’s top newcomer. Not only that, he also ranked first in blocks and third in rebounds to take home Defensive Player of the Year honors.
The even better news for the faithful over at Legarda is that Fermin is ready and raring for a greater challenge as Arellano marches forward without their erstwhile stalwarts. As he put it, “Malaking kawalan yung seniors namin, pero ready naman ako – kami ni Lars – para sa mas malaking responsibilidad.”
Rightfully an NBTC All-Star after his impressive debut season, the Braves’ prized prospect said he’s nothing but glad to see all of his hardwork paying off. “Nagulat nga po ako kasi siyempre, sa dami ng nag-tryout, nakuha ako. Masaya lang po talaga na ako na makakalaro ako rito sa NBTC,” he said.
Still, Fermin was quick to admit that he’s surprised with how fast things have gone for him. “Sabi nga po ng mga tao, ang bilis ng pag-improve ko. Pero trabaho lang naman po talaga kaya nagpapasalamat din talaga ako,” he said.
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