Jason Brickman opens new door for Filipino ballers with import deal in T1 League

Fil-Am guard Jason Brickman is taking his talents to Taiwan, where he will be signing with the Kaohsiung Poseidon Aquas in the T1 League as their designated Asian player, the team announced Friday.

"I'm very excited to join the Poseidon team. Based on my past experience, the Taiwanese fans are very enthusiastic and I look forward to playing at the Dome at home," he said in a statement.

This will be the latest chapter in the 30-year-old's globetrotting act, having played in leagues in Russia, Germany, Macedonia, and Southeast Asia after a solid career in the US NCAA.

For his part, Poseidon Chief Executive Li Weicheng expressed elation at signing the talented floor general.

"Brickman stands out in many Asian and foreign countries. The main reason is his ability to control the rhythm... He will be an important captain on the Poseidon team," he said.

In Kaohsiung, Brickman will be teaming up with former Asean Basketball League (ABL) top import Xavier Alexander. The T1 League is a newly established professional league set to tip off later in the year with six teams for its inaugural season.

The Fil-Am playmaker, long viewed as one of the prized prospects yet to join the PBA, last played for San Miguel Alab Pilipinas in the 2019 ABL, where he had averages of 8.9 points, 9.1 assists, 4.1 rebounds, and 1.1 steals.

In 2020, he expressed his intention of being drafted in the PBA, but was deemed ineligible after failing to pass some requirements on time. Meralco then signed the point guard to its 3x3 team, but the pandemic has delayed the start of that tournament.

While playing for LIU Brooklyn in 2014, Brickman became only the fourth player in NCAA Div. 1 history to record at least 1,000 assists, and the first player since Southern's Avery Johnson to average double figures in points and assists.