Jason Brickman will be suiting up for the Mono Vampire Basketball Club in this upcoming season. Though he’ll be playing for a new team in his ABL return, he’ll be assuming the same role he played with the Westports Malaysia Dragons when they won the ABL title 2 seasons ago.
“He’s our quarterback,” Douglas Marty, Head Coach of the Mono Vampire Basketball Club says. “He’s our key player and he has tremendous influence on our team.”
“As Jason goes, we go.”
This is not something new for the uber-talented point guard. Brickman has spent a majority of his basketball career “quarterbacking” his teams. He has been a prolific passer since his NCAA days with LIU-Brooklyn and nothing has changed.
“My role has always been the same,” Brickman says. “That means getting guys involved, pushing the pace on offense, and trying to control the tempo.”
Brickman also emphasizes his responsibility of getting his team mates touches and open shots, making sure the team shares the basketball, and leading by example.
“He gets guys into position to score,” Coach Marty says in resonance. “He understands time, clock, and rhythm.”
It’s all the same stuff that he’s always been doing. It’s also the style of play that Brickman envisioned himself playing since he was young. There’s no real surprise as to why Brickman plays the way he does, when you learn who his favorite player is.
Hint: They share the same first name.
“Watching Jason Kidd, who was my favorite point guard growing up, [molded me to become this kind of player],” Brickman explains. “After that it was Steve Nash and those are two really good pass-first point guards.”
“Just watching the game, I’ve always wanted to play like Jason Kidd. I always practice his passes and watch his games, so I’m just following after him by playing a pass-first style. I’ve always enjoyed getting other guys their baskets and getting assists. It’s just how I’ve been since I was little.”
Jason Brickman has come a long way since being the little kid idolizing and emulating Jason Kidd’s game and he’s now built up his own impressive resume.
In his first season in the ABL, Brickman commandeered the highly-talented Dragons by consistently finding the right guys at the right spots. That resulted in being named the ABL Finals MVP and more importantly, becoming an ABL Champion.
In college, Brickman became one of only four players to ever reach 1,000 assists in their NCAA careers. His record-breaking ways continued in the ABL. He still holds the single-game assists record (21), the single-season assists record (209), and is the only player to average double-digit assists in the regular season (10.5).
After a one-season hiatus, Jason Brickman is coming back to the ABL looking to further extend his on-going legacy. He’ll be joining the Mono Vampire Basketball Club from Thailand, a club which he has played for during most of 2017. Brickman guided the Vampire BC to a third straight Thailand Basketball League (TBL) title and deservingly received the Best Point Guard Award.
After all of these accomplishments, Brickman is returning to the ABL with much anticipation.
“I think this season is going to be better competition than it was when I was with the [Westports Malaysia Dragons],” Brickman says. “I think adding 3 more teams is really great for the league; great for the competition and [will result in] great games. I’m really excited to go to the other countries and play against other teams.”
“I’m more excited this year than I was in the past.”
The path to a second championship for Brickman is not going to be easy, with the other 8 teams stockpiling talented players as well. However, he is ready to rise to the challenge and go through any team in his way.
“I’m looking forward to play against [Hong Kong Eastern Basketball Team] and [Tanduay Alab Pilipinas].”
“I think those are going to be two tough teams and I think they have a good chance to compete for the championship.”
“Playing against the Philippines, being half-Filipino, will be a lot of fun.”
“With Hong Kong [Eastern Basketball Team] being the champs, it’s going to be a lot of fun playing against them. I want to challenge them and see if we can beat them.”
Despite whatever teams come across their paths, Brickman and the Vampire BC are confident that they are ready to give them a fight.
“[The Mono Vampire Basketball Club] are going to be a little bit smaller than we were in Malaysia, but I think we have some really talented guys,” Brickman says of the team. “We have really good shooting on this team. We haven’t played any games yet, so I’m not sure how its going to go, but I think we’re really confident and we’re ready to compete.”
“Hopefully, we can compete for a championship.”