Filipino-American Jason Brickman is making his presence felt in Taiwan as he emerged as Import of the Month in the Basketball T1 LEAGUE.
Brickman, a 30-year-old playmaker, bannered the Kaohsiung Aquas to a 6-1 win-loss record, enough to be hailed as the league’s best foreign player for the month of December.
In that seven-game run, the cat-quick court general posted averages of 13.2 points, 6.5 rebounds, 7.3 assists and 2.7 steals to outshine bigger, more seasoned foes.
“It is a great honor and I just want to keep on playing well, and hopefully, our team can keep on playing well,” Brickman said.
“I’m having a lot of fun in the T1 LEAGUE and the Aquas organization.”
Brickman also thanked the T1 LEAGUE, Taiwan’s newest professional basketball league, for the opportunity to play again after a two-year hiatus.
“Just a great honor. I’m very thankful and grateful for the award,” he said.
Prior to landing in Taiwan, Brickman has been a journeyman who plied his trades in countries like Russia, Germany, Malaysia and Thailand.
He also played for Mighty Sports in the 2019 William Jones Cup that was held at the Xinzhuyang Gymnasium in New Taipei.
He suited up for Alab Pilipinas in the Asean Basketball League in 2019 with the hopes of playing in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA).
He, however, failed to beat the deadline for the submission of requirements, prompting him to miss the PBA Annual Rookie Draft last year.
Now, he is in Taiwan and had won the hearts of its basketball fans after organizing a skills clinic prior to the opening of the T1 LEAGUE.
“I thank the coach for believing in me and making me confident on the court,” Brickman said, referring to Aquas mentor Brendan Joyce.
“And also, to my teammates for playing really well and allowing me to play my game on the court.”
Joyce said he wants Brickman to be extra aggressive and light up the scoreboard aside from calling the plays inside the court.
“I’ve tried to get him to identify that more often on the court and when those opportunities arise, take advantage of it,” he said.
“And that’s what he is doing. He’s playing great basketball.”