JASON Brickman’s incomplete documents may have turned off PBA D-League teams from selecting the Fil-American guard during the PBA D-League Draft on Tuesday.
Projected as a Top Three pick during the proceedings at the PBA Cafe in Pasig City, the former ABL Finals MVP out of the Westports Malaysia Dragons was left untouched until he was tabbed in the fourth round at 26th overall by Tanduay.
Tanduay coach Lawrence Chongson said uncertainty over Brickman's eligibility status may have kept other teams from gambling on the Fil-Canadian point guard.
“Fifty-fifty,” said Chongson, when asked if he was surprised that other teams were not able to secure the services of Brickman.
“Hindi nagulat kasi maraming natakot sa papeles niya. Kung hindi sa papeles, sa hihingiin niyang sweldo. Nagulat din kasi wala man lang sumugal. I picked him in the fourth round so harmless naman,” said Chongson.
League officials said Brickman still has to submit his Bureau of Immigration clearance that is required for Fil-foreigners wanting to play in the PBA.
“As of now, incomplete pa ang documents niya,” said PBA D-League technical head Eric Castro.
Although there are no specific deadlines on the submission of the requirement, Brickman must eventually submit the document if he wants to join the next PBA Rookie Draft.
Under PBA rules, Fil-foreign players must go through the D-League, where they need to play at least seven games per conference to be eligible for the draft.
Chongson now hopes Brickman can turn into an early Christmas present for the Rhum Masters, among the pioneers of the league who have yet to win a championship.
“Wala pang Pasko, nakapulot agad ng aguinaldo,” said the outspoken coach. “Makalawa, umabot pala ‘yung papeles niya, eh di ang pogi ko sa boss ko.”