Alab’s Brickman, Gray headline early PBA draft applicants

Jason Brickman and Jeremiah Gray
Jason Brickman and Jeremiah Gray
John Bryan Ulanday ( – December 22, 2020 – 5:34pm

MANILA, Philippines — Highly-touted Filipino-American point guard Jason Brickman bannered the initial list of applicants for the 2021 PBA Rookie Draft slated on March 14 next year.

The veteran facilitator officially threw his hat to the draft lottery yesterday along with San Miguel-Alab Pilipinas teammates Brandon Ganuelas-Rosser and Jeremiah Gray, still a month away from the Jan. 27 deadline.

Andre Paras, son of the PBA’s only Rookie-MVP Benjie, has also joined the sweepstakes after multiple stints in the D-League.

Other early birds include Matthew Kyle Sanchez of San Beda and Shem Kenneth Magallanes of Caybiga High School.

Brickman, 29, is poised to go high in the draft proceedings with a premium resume as one of the US NCAA all-time assist leaders for Long Island University – Brooklyn. He is also an ABL standout for Westports Malaysia, Mono Vampire and Alab.

Alab Pilipinas' Brickman (left) and Gray

Behind his solid averages of 8.9 points, 9.1 assists and 4.4 rebounds, he led Alab to second place in the ABL this year before the cancellation of the prestigious regional league due to the pandemic.

Back in 2016, he also teamed up with close pal and now Phoenix Super LPG star Matthew Wright in towing Malaysia Dragons to the ABL title.

Top guns Jamie Malonzo, Joshua Munzon, Alvin Pasaol, Troy Rike, Larry Muyang and Franky Johnson among others are expected to formalize their entries after the Holidays or early next year after initially declaring for the draft.

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