JASON Brickman intends to play in Europe or Asia in the next few years before he seeks to fulfill his dream of playing in the PBA.
The 24-year-old Brickman is one of the top Fil-Americans playing outside the Philippines, averaging 13.2 points and 10.7 assists for the Westports Malaysia Dragons in the Asean Basketball League (ABL).
But Brickman, who played for Long Island University in New York, said he doesn’t have plans to play in his native land anytime soon, particularly in the PBA D-League, as he wants to continue playing overseas before he files his application for the PBA Rookie Draft.
“I definitely want to play in the PBA someday,” said Brickman. “I know there is an age rule. I don’t know about next year but maybe I’ll play in Asia or Europe. In a year or two, maybe I’ll be in the PBA.”
PBA rules allow Fil-foreign players to apply directly to the PBA draft when he is at least 29 years old. Otherwise they are required to play in the PBA D-League for two conferences and see action for at least seven games in each of the conferences before becoming eligible for the rookie draft.
But Brickman is taking a different route, one which he's already familiar with having played overseas in Russia and Germany before suiting up for the Dragons in the ABL.
“I just think that there is a very high competition, a lot of big leagues and top leagues. I played there last year. I think I’m ready to go back to become a better player,” Brickman said.
Brickman also bared how the ABL has helped his game as well as his exposure to basketball fans in the region as the Southeast Asian professional league is also being shown in the Philippines.
“There are a lot of good players here. Playing in the ABL is a good exposure for the PBA and all around Asia. We also have great fans here,” said Brickman.
Brickman is a teammate of Matthew Wright, a Filipino-Canadian who is also eyeing a future in both the PBA and Gilas Pilipinas. Wright was recently named the Best Asean import in the ABL and Brickman said it is a pleasure playing with one of the top Fil-foreigners around.
“We have a great chemistry. I’m a guy who likes to pass. He is a great scorer and a shooter. We work together. We've have a great year,” said Brickman.
Brickman had a great outing on Sunday, finishing with 13 points, nine rebounds, and eight assists in the Dragons’ 83-67 victory over the Singapore Slingers. Wright added 12 points as Malaysia salvaged a split in the ABL title series.
While both Brickman and Wright have their sights set on the PBA as a long-term goal, Brickman said their focus remains on giving the Dragons their first championship in the regional basketball league.
“We are just trying to win this championship for Malaysia and finish strong,” said Brickman.