What Pablo Picasso was to painting, Jason Brickman is to passing.
Since arriving in Downtown Brooklyn as a freshman in 2010, the Texas-born Brickman has distributed the basketball as if it were an art form.
On Thursday night in Newark, Brickman finally secured “legendary” status.
He officially became the most-prolific passer in the 33-year history of the NEC.
Passing his way past Marist’s Drafton Davis (804), who held the NEC assists record for the last quarter-century, Brickman dropped 6 dimes in a 96-93 road win over NJIT and etched his name atop the league’s all-time career leader board.
LIU Brooklyn’s senior point guard also scored 21 points in the victory.
That will do it! Brickman feeds Troy Joseph for the driving hoop, and Jason Brickman is now the all-time leader in assists in NEC history!
— LIU Basketball (@LIUBasketball) December 13, 2013
Considering no one in NEC history other than Davis and Brickman have come close to even 700 career assists, Brickman’s 808 assists may make him the NEC’s version of Joe DiMaggio – the owner of what appears to be an unbreakable record.
His pretty passing has not only made him a NEC record holder, but it has helped the Blackbirds become the only back-to-back-to-back champion in conference history.
With 20 games to go in the regular season, Brickman has a realistic shot at becoming only the fourth man in NCAA history to reach the 1,000-assist mark. On another note, he is only 15 assists away from breaking onto the Top 25 all-time list.
Considering everything he and the Blackbirds have accomplished over three-plus season, one can view the point guard’s career as a masterpiece of sorts.
Brickman has produced a body of work that, when closely examined, should appear as amazing to a basketball fan as Garçon à la pipe does to a connoisseur.
Brickman’s old coach Jim Ferry, now the head man at Duquesne, had this to say about the point guard’s milestone…
Congratulations to Jason Brickman in becoming the all time leader in assist in the NEC – NCAA record is next. Great kid n great pt G. Proud
— Jim Ferry (@CoachJimFerry) December 13, 2013
The Brickman File
– His 290 assists during the 2012-13 campaign stand as an NEC single-season record
– He has 953 career points and could finish his amazing career with 1,000 points/1,000 assists
– The Texan led the NCAA with 8.5 apg in 2012-13
– His 9.9 apg this season lead the nation.
– He has accounted for 27 games of 10+ assists during his career.
– The two-time all-NEC honoree is a three-time member of the NEC All-Tournament Team
– He garnered 2010-11 NIT/Met Writers Basketball Association Rookie of the Year honors and followed up with first team All-Met selection in 2012-13.
Postgame Tweet Sheet
— The Mid-Majority (@midmajority) December 13, 2013
Congratulations to Jason Brickman of LIU Brooklyn on becoming the all-time NEC assist leader http://t.co/q4FX42ymdL
— Gotham Hoops, LLC (@GothamHoops) December 13, 2013
— Noreen Morris (@NECcommish) December 13, 2013
With 20 gms left, Brickman needs 9.8 assists/gm to hit 1,000 assists. Machado (Iona) & Marshall (UNC) only players this century to avg that.
— Ryan Peters (@pioneer_pride) December 13, 2013
@NECralph that’s unbelievable….it was a feat to make it to 300 career at Pace
— Amanda Shinn (@Amanda_Shinn) December 13, 2013