Filipino-American guard Jason Brickman has officially parted ways with the Mono Vampire Basketball Club in the ASEAN Basketball League (ABL).
With last season’s runners-up currently struggling near the bottom of the standings with a 2-11 card, officials from the Thailand-based club relayed that Brickman has requested for his release at the halfway mark of the season.
Playing as a world import this season for Mono Vampire due to eligibility rule changes in the league this season, Brickman was still solid as the team’s primary playmaker, averaging 12.8 points, 8.9 assists, 4.5 rebounds, and 1.7 steals per game, while shooting above 43 perfect from the field.
The San Antonio, Texas native has spent the last two and a half years with Mono Vampire, winning multiple championships with the club in the Thai domestic leagues, after winning the ABL title with Westports Malaysia Dragons in 2016.
“I’m thankful for everything Mono has done for me over the past two years,” shared Brickman. “I’ve enjoyed playing with the organization, but I felt it was time for a change. I wish them the best of luck the remainder of the season.”
With his official release from the ABL, Brickman also confirmed that he now has the green light to join Mighty Sports-Philippines for an upcoming tournament in the United Arab Emirates in the first week of February. He featured for the sports club in 2016, helping steer the squad as they swept the competition en route to winning the championship at the 38th William Jones Cup in Taiwan.
“I’m excited to join Mighty Sports as they prepare for the tournament in Dubai. It’s a great opportunity for me to represent the Philippines and play with a great group of guys,” he continued.
For the upcoming tournament, Brickman will team up with Justin Brownlee, who played for the San Miguel Alab Pilipinas squad that defeated him and Mono Vampire in the previous ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) finals.
Also joining the squad are former two-time NBA Champion Lamar Odom, Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) veteran Randolph Morris, and a mix of former professional and up-and-coming players such as Juan Gomez de Llano, Gab Banal, Jett Manuel, Joseph Yeo, Jeremiah Gray, Roosevelt Adams, Caesar Wongchuking Jr., Justin Gutang, Troy Rike, and Santi Santillan.
Brickman will have little time off as the Dubai International Basketball Championship is slated to begin on February 1 at the Shabab-Al Ahli Club in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Meanwhile, Mono Vampire will replace Brickman with Romeo Travis, who is a veteran of the European circuit and last played in the Philippines Basketball Association (PBA).
Also set to join the team is prolific Thai-American swingman Tyler Lamb, who had previously won an ABL championship with Hong Kong Eastern during the 2016-17 season.
Mono Vampire will look to make a playoff push in the second half of the season after their dismal start.
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