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    Jimmy Alapag says he has been a fan since Jason Brickman’s days at LIU Brooklyn

    Oct 11, 2019
    PHOTO: Jerome Ascano

    JIMMY Alapag says that even when he was still playing, he has kept tabs on the game of Jason Brickman.

    "I've been a fan of Jason Brickman's game for a long time back when I was still playing, just to show you how long ago I've admired the way he plays the game," he said.

    Brickman has been a regular in the Asean Basketball League since 2015 but Alapag said he took notice of the Fil-Am guard’s game at LIU Brooklyn as he led the NCAA Division I in assists for two years straight.

    More than his steady play, it's Brickman's on-court smarts impresses Alapag.

    "Obviously, Jason's been a great point guard," he said. "But for me, it's his leadership and the way he sees the floor, that's what makes him stand out."

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    The 6-foot Brickman greatly improved in the ABL, where he won a championship and a Finals MVP with Westports Malaysia Dragons before taking his act to Mono Vampire.

    "I think offensively, he's improved leaps and bounds from early in his career," said the soft-Alapag.

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      Now, Alapag gets his chance to coach Brickman at San Miguel Alab Pilipinas in the Asean Basketball League. "To see him wearing a Philippine jersey, I'm excited for him and his family," he said.

      It's a chance for the 2011 PBA MVP to impart his knowledge to someone who closely resembles his game and someone who people brand as his second coming.

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      But Alapag isn’t putting too much pressure on the 27-year-old Brickman.

      "The first day he got here, I just told him, 'You just gotta be who you are.' And if he's the Jason Brickman we've all known and seen, it's going to be great for us," he said.

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