The U.S. women’s three-on-three basketball team’s gold medal in Tokyo has generated a buzz about this new Olympic sport. GSB grad Ella Fajardo ’21 is quite familiar with the game, having played three-on-three for the Philippine National Team since she was 16 years old. In an interview with News 12, the former GSB standout guard, shared her insights.
“There's one sub, there's a 12-second shot clock,” she told News 12. “You really got to get that shot up even if there are hands on your face. But it's very, very exciting and interesting to watch.”
Ella, now playing for Fairleigh Dickinson University, recently finished summer workouts with her new team, calling it an “amazing experience.” She brings a formidable track record to her college squad. Last year, Ella played on the National Women's Gilas Pilipinas team that captured a historic bronze medal in the FIBA Under-18 3x3 World Cup in Mongolia. At GSB, Ella served as co-captain and helped lead the Knights to an 11th place state-ranking last season. Undefeated in regular season play, GSB the Knights lost to Rutgers Prep in the final Skyland Conference Tournament game. For conference play, GSB earned a winning 10-2 record and logged formidable wins over Franklin, Sinai Christian, and Mt. St. Mary. Ella also received the prestigious Annual Scholar-Athlete Award from the New Jersey Interscholastic Athletic Association.
FDU Head Coach Angelika Szumilo is already impressed with Ella’s sportsmanship, sharing her impressions with News 12. “The intangibles that she brings, you look at her, and from how she talks and communicates with the team, you don't think of as a freshman,” she said. “I'm very excited about her future here.”
In turn, Ella expressed her excitement about playing for FDU and the hope of Olympic gold in her future.