Somerset Silver Palms’ Gabriel Fajardo is one of the best players from the Miami, Florida area in the Class of 2023.
The 6-foot-2, 170-pound Fajardo is a dynamic player that works as a point guard for Somerset Silver Palms and Florida Gold Coast.
Fajardo has earned plenty of recognition during his career, such as being selected to attend camps for Pangos, HoopMIA and St. Thomas University.
Fajardo is humbled by the accolades.
“The recognition I got was good but I’m still working to get my name out there more,” Fajardo said. “The experience was great, especially Pangos. I got to play against some of the best players in the country. It showed where I’m at compared to them.”
No matter the opponent, every game Fajardo is determined to give it his all.
Fajardo is going all out.
The motor is always at full throttle whenever Fajardo steps between the lines.
“My mindset is to create for myself and others and be a leader on the court,” Fajardo said.
Fajardo has great passion and energy whenever he’s on the hardwood. Fajardo tells why he enjoys the game of basketball so much.
“I love playing basketball because I love to win and I enjoy scoring the ball,” Fajardo said.
Fajardo has learned many valuable lessons from playing basketball that he applies to his everyday life.
The main one is applying perspective to all situations.
“Basketball has taught me that it can open a lot of doors while doing what I love,” Fajardo said.
Fajardo shares his favorite memory of playing basketball.
“When I went to Washington for the Victor Oladipo Takeover Tournament and I hit an important 3 against Team New World ,” Fajardo said.
Steven Lopez has coached Fajardo for three years with Somerset Silver Palms and Florida Gold Coast.
Lopez explains the best parts of Fajardo’s game.
“Gabe can really create and has a knack for finding his teammates. He’s also a very gifted scorer from all 3 levels,” Lopez said. “I just love his competitiveness to compete every second he’s on the court.”
Fajardo takes his role as one of the leaders on the team very seriously. Fajardo makes sure he’s a daily positive influence on his peers.
“Being a good teammate to me is always having their backs and to tell them if they’re doing things the wrong way. Be positive. Push them to be a better player,” Fajardo said. “Best advice I’ve given my teammates is to always move on to the next play. If something didn’t work out, try your best the next play.”
Lopez adds that Fajardo is one of those consummate teammates that every squad needs to be successful.
“He demonstrates leadership through his body language and play,” Lopez said. “He’s still growing and getting better at being a vocal leader.”
Fajardo is appreciative of having amazing male role models that are supportive.
“My coaches tell me to always be humble and always strive to be a better player and person,” Fajardo said. “I can’t name the best advice a coach has given me because all my coaches try to make me the best player I can be.”
Fajardo has a high level of basketball IQ as well, which puts him in position to thrive.
“Gabe does a great job of reading defenders that are off ball,” Lopez said. “This gives him a major advantage to create and pick apart opposing teams.”
Fajardo is on the grind to perfect and hone his craft in any way possible.
“He’s always trying to get extra work and stay late getting shots up,” Lopez said. “He’s always picking myself and the coaching staff’s brains on scenarios and different situations that may occur.”
Lopez explains why he compares Fajardo to these college basketball legends.
“I am a huge college basketball junkie,” Lopez said. “Gabe really reminds me of Ben Gordon (UConn) and Brandon Roy (Washington). Smooth scoring ability that looks effortless.”
Fajardo patterns his mentality after this NBA champion point guard.
“Player I look up to Kyrie Irving because his skill is on another level,” Fajardo said. “He can use both hands perfectly and control the tempo of a game.”
Fajardo is constantly striving for greatness in everything that he does.
“My goals on the court are to be a leader and to get better every day,” Fajardo said. “Off the court my main goal is to have a high GPA.”
Fajardo explains his collegiate aspirations.
“I currently don’t have a favorite college,” Fajardo said. “I just want to go to the school that really wants me.”
Fajardo lists reading as his favorite subject in school.
“I like reading because it comes easy to me,” Fajardo said.
Lopez outlines the areas of improvement that will take Fajardo to the next level.
“We’re working with him on being a vocal leader,” Lopez said. “Also, we’re working with him on continuing to learn how to control tempo of the game.”
Lopez believes the sky is the limit as long as Fajardo continues to stay hungry.
“I believe Gabe has a chance to be a big-time college prospect. He has the size and skill-set,” Lopez said. “With three more years of high school ball to go and the growth he’s going to have, he has all the tools to be playing for any of the best programs in the country.”
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