Filipino-American guard Jason Brickman will be joining former rivals Avery Scharer and Hitech Basketball Club for the upcoming Thailand Basketball Super League (TBSL).
As first reported by Tones & Definition, Brickman will be joining his former adversaries following his official release from Mono Vampire Basketball Club in the ASEAN Basketball League (ABL).
Brickman also suited up for Mighty Sports-Philippines in the 10-day Dubai Basketball Championship earlier this month, where the team fell in the semifinal round and later took home the bronze.
In a role reversal of sorts, former Hitech standout Tyler Lamb, who helped Hitech win the Thailand Basketball League (TBL) championship against Brickman in 2018, has joined the struggling Mono Vampire squad as a local player in the ABL.
Fresh off winning the TBL title with the squad last year, Scharer, who also has Filipino lineage, will return to Hitech as one of two ASEAN heritage imports to try and help the team win their first TBSL crown.
Brickman and Scharer had multiple championship battles in Thailand in the past two years, but will be teammates for the first time in the upcoming tournament.
“Hitech will be strong because of the foundation laid out by the local Thai players,” remarked head coach Chris Daleo. “We just won the Thailand Open, so we are comfortable there.”
Daleo, who steered the club to win the recent all-Thai tournament and also won helmed the team that went won the title in the import-laden TBL last year, feels that the squad got even deeper with the addition of an outstanding playmaker in Brickman.
“Then you have Avery Scharer who always plays hard, and add Jason Brickman, I feel pretty good going into the season. It will take some time to come together, but I feel pretty good (about our chances),” he added.
Also joining the squad are imports Nick Wiggins and Albert Jackson. The former is a former GLeague player best known as the brother of Minnesota Timberwolves forward Andrew Wiggins, while 6’11” Jackson played four years at the University of Georgia before playing professionally in South America.
Local standouts and national team members Nattakarn Muangboon, Chanatip Jakwaran, Patiphan Klahan, are Nakorn Jaisanuk are all expected to continue and play significant roles in Daleo’s system.
Hitech will start their 2019 TBSL campaign on February 23.
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