Monday, April 30, 2012

4 Fil-am Stand out in the US NCAA Division 1 Basketball and Future of the Philippine Basketball

Mattew Wright

Height:   6-4
Weight:  200
Position: Shooting Guard
The 6-foot-4 former Philippine Under-18 player and combo-guard of  Bonnies was very instrumental in their March Madness appearance this season. Wright became the main sixth man for the Bonnies with his overall game. He finished this season with an 
averaged of 6.8 points, 2.5 rebounds, 2.8 assist and .9 steals per
ball game. 

Jason Brickman
Position: Guard
Height:  5-10
Weight: 165
Class:    Sophomore

The 5-foot-10 past-first point guard is the smallest in the batch, but this dude plays big. His highest output was 18 points which he made three times and 13 assist last March 1, 2012.Set Northeast Conference rookie record with 180 assists, the fourth-best single-season mark in LIU history. He lead the LIU to the march madness last season where they faced the perenial contender North Carolina. This season, Brickman increased his averaged from 6.2 points, 5.5 assists and 2.1 rebounds to 9.6 points, 7.3 assists and 2.6 rebounds this season. 

Jordan Clarkson
Height / Weight:
6-4½ / 188
Birthdate: 06/07/1992

This twenty-year-old shooter was Tulsa Hurricane's ace gunner in US NCAA Division 1 Basketball. He lead Tulsa this year to a respectable finish of 17-14 but failed to enter the March Madness.   His game is composed of both  inside and out , he has an almost automatic jumpers and a streaky three-pointer shooter. He has an above average slashing skills where he can use his athleticsm to outmaneuver his defender. 

On his rookie year, Clarkson averaged 11.5 points, 2.1 rebounds, and 1.9 assist , He piled up his number on his sophomore year this season with 16.5 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.5 assist. He became the focal point of Tulsa's offense and saw an increased in minutes per game from 24.9 to 33.9. 

Despite his prominence in tulsa, the 6-foot-4 shooting guard is now on the hunt to find a more legit University that plays in NCAA Division 1.

Stephen Holt
Position: Guard
Height:   6'4"
Weight:  195
Year:     Sophomore

The highly touted guard of St .Mary Gaels might have the best chance of being able to play in the NBA. The 6-foot-4 defensive demon became the leader in steals on his freshman season with a 1.8 steals per game and registered the second-highest single-season total in Saint Mary Gael's history with 61 and also set the  Saint Mary's School record with nine steals. 

In his sophomore season this year, Holt started on 27 out of 28 apperances and averaged 10.1 points, 4.7 rebounds, 3.2 assist and 1.8 steals per game. He was an honorable mention all-WCC selection by league coaches after his feat of being among the top-10 in career steals at SMC with 110 only in two seasons. He also recorded 3 20-plus points, career-high 10 rebounds against jackson state, 10 assist against fresno pacific and 4 steals against NCAA Powerhouse and sixth ranked Baylor.

Cal-State Fullerton's(same school with lassiter) Isiah Umipig can be consider as a good prospect with his terrific three-point shooting. 

Michael Williams, once considered as the best 6-foot under guard in the US.

Holt and Clarkson has the highest chance of being able to play in the NBA with their current skill sets. Holt's defensive skills can be compare already to some of the NBA's top notch defender, all he needs to do is to polish more of his jumper to get a sure shot of playing in the NBA. 

BTW, Clarkson personally confirmed to me that he wants to play in the Philippines if ever that he will not be able to play in the NBA. 



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