JASON Brickman's desire to one day play in the Philippines was reignited after returning to the country in Mono Vampire's 86-84 loss to Alab Pilipinas on Tuesday at the Baliuag Star Arena in Bulacan.
Playing for the visiting Thai squad, the 5-10 Fil-American guard was left impressed by the way the home crowd supported Alab and later bared his intention of perhaps one day playing for the PH team.
"I think they're the best (fans). With how much they love basketball, it's always fun to play here and any game that I play here has been amazing. I just love to be here," said Brickman, who finished with 11 points, 11 assists and two steals in the loss.
"It was really a fun game for me ... they're a really good team, Alab, we played a good game as well it was close. It's just really fun to play here and I hope to play here again in the future," he added.
One of the best pure point guards in the league with averages of 10 points and 9.3 assists, Brickman has caught the attention of fans who want to see him play here, either in the PBA or for the the Philippines' ABL team.
No one wants that more than Brickman, who's looking to follow in the footsteps of Stanley Pringle, Chris Banchero and Justin Melton who used the ABL as a jumpoff point to the PBA.
"Maybe later in the ABL and maybe in the PBA, if I can fix my papers," Brickman said. "They love basketball here, I've got family here and I know some players in the PBA. Maybe one day, hopefully one day they'll have me."
Asked what's taking him long, Brickman said that he's still fixing some citizenship papers, something that he hopes to finish this year.
"I'm still working on them. I went last year to immigration and they turned my papers down. Maybe I'll try again this year, I was missing a paper so we'll see what happens."