Aljun Jay ‘Mighty Mouse’ Melecio: One of the Most Entertaining Point Guards in UAAP Juniors Today


In basketball, height is might. But this rare find of a basketball player is currently defying that adage. Well, we might see him in the future as the next Jimmy Alapag of Philippine basketball.

His electrifying performances in lastyear’s UAAP season 77 juniors’ tournament and this year’s first round speak volumes of this boy’s offensive prowess.

Born Aljun Jay Melecio on July 25, 1998 in Valencia City, Bukidnon to Mr. Bajun Melecio and Ms. Jocelyn Melecio, the 5-foot-9 point guard from De La Salle Zobel plays for the Junior Archers and was recently
named as a member of the Mythical five in the UAAP season 77 juniors tournament.
Aside from that prestigious award, he also became the MVP of the 2012 Junior NBA.

His career high in points is 69 when he was in grade 7 in Lourdes against CSA for the PSBL tournament. His pre-game ritual is praying before the game. If there is an NBA player whom he wants to play one-on-one with, it would be Kyrie Irving of the Cleveland Cavaliers. “He is my idol and I like his moves”, quipped Aljun.

His favorite shot is isolation and pull up 3. For him to be fit into the game that requires strength, he prefers food rich in carbohydrates and light food when it’s game time. His favorite NBA player is Kyrie Irving, while in the UAAP, he looks up to season 77 MVP and Ateneo star Kiefer Ravena.
His ambition in life is to be a professional basketball player and a future Engineer. “It’s hard to be a student athlete but education is really important but I make sure to catch up with my lessons”, said Aljun Melecio of the Junior Archers.

When NBA superstar Stephen Curry visited the Philippines on September 5, Aljun was one of the lucky basketball players to play with the reigning MVP at the Mall of Asia Arena.

·         Email the author at paolomanuelfule@yahoo.com or text 09184059751.



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