Fil-Am player sets assists record in US NCAA

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Posted at Mar 28 2014 05:26 PM | Updated as of Mar 29 2014 01:26 AM

Brickman also dreams of playing in NBA, PBA

BROOKLYN, New York -- The National Basketball Association's (NBA) Brooklyn Nets will recognize Filipino-American hoopster Jason Brickman for his outstanding basketball career at the Barclays Center in New York on Friday

This former Long Island University's (LIU) men's basketball player is considered by ESPN as one of the nation's best passers in the on-going NCAA season.

Brickman who was a point guard for LIU's blackbirds, recently made history by becoming the fourth player in NCAA's Division 1 to accumulate more than 1,000 assists during his collegiate career.

“To be one of only four people to get to a thousand assists is a major accomplishment for me and I'm just glad to get all the love I've been getting and appreciation from across the country especially the Filipinos,” said Brickman.

Brickman joins the exclusive club of Duke's Bobby Hurley, NC State's Chris Corchiani and North Carolina's Ed Cota.

An excellent passer, the San Antonio, Texas-native Brickman averaged double-digit assists per game - 15 games with more than 10 assists last season.

“It became a big goal of mine at the end of the season, I just try to find my team mates, make my team mates better, you know attack the basket and be aggressive and find my team mates an open spot,” he said.

Brickman is studying computer science at LIU and is graduating in May. Brickman says his next goal is to play pro in the big league basketball.

“A dream of mine would be to play in the NBA, that's why I have to set the bar as high as possible, hopefully I get a shot to play and if not, I hope to continue playing somewhere whether somewhere in Europe or the Philippines,” said Brickman.

An ideal NBA pointguard is typically about 6'3 tall. At 5,'10”, Brickman says he may be considered under-sized, but he says it should not be an overwhelming hindrance to follow his dream.

“It's really tough especially at my size, being a smaller guard, I just have to work hard in every day and continue working hard, hopefully I get noticed by some teams,” said Brickman. “I just have to use my passing ability because it's something that I excel in, better than other players.”

Brickman says he has plans to become a dual citizen and visit the Philippines soon. He says the last time he saw his mother's birth place was when he was only one or two years old.

“My aunts and uncle in Texas, they always cook Filipino food for me. I love it, I love chicken adobo and lumpia and all the Filipino food so I'm excited to, if I go play in the Philippines to be out there and eat all the great food to be with great people because I know basketball is huge in the Philippines,” said Brickman.