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Alab stars officially enter PBA Draft

Jason Brickman headlines the early entrants to the 2021 PBA Draft. Nikki Collantes (file photo)
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA--Three key players of Alab Pilipinas have formally made their intent of joining the PBA Draft known after submitting their applications.

Point guard Jason Brickman and wingmen Jeremiah Grey and Brandon Rosser went to the league's office in Quezon City to apply for the March 14 draft.

Brickman arguably has the best resume among the Alab stars as he is fourth in the US NCAA all-time assists list.

The former Long Island University-Brooklyn star, who won an ABL title with Kuala Lumpur alongside current Phoenix star Matt Wright, was among the assist leaders in the aforementioned league prior to its full cancellation with 9.1 dimes a game.

On the other hand, with their upsides, Gray and Rosser could pose as interesting prospects for teams looking to shore up their forward rotations.

Another high profile player who threw his name into the draft is Andre Paras.

The older son of PBA legend Benjie is actually an intriguing prospect as he had a very short post-high school career.

After starring for La Salle Greenhills in the NCAA juniors division, Paras had a one-and-done stint with University of the Philippines in the UAAP.

He surprisingly transferred to San Beda after his UP stint but he never made the cut to join the Red Lions for the 2014 NCAA season.

The actor and television host eventually got to play club basketball after a long hiatus for AMA in the PBA D-League in 2017 and with Imus in the MPBL for the 2018-19 season.

Two more guards, namely Matthew Sanchez and Shem Magallanes, also applied for the draft.

Rookie aspirants have until Jan. 27 to submit their draft applications.

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