Jamal Olasewere and Nigeria wins 2015 FIBA AfroBasket. Feidanga and Central African Republic finished 14th

Congratulations to LIU Brooklyn men’s basketball alum Jamal Olasewere and his Nigerian teammates as Nigeria on Sunday defeated Angola in the 2015 FIBA African Championship in Tunisia, 74-65, for win their first-ever AfroBasket championship.

Nigeria with the victory, automatically qualifies to the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics basketball tournament in Brazil and erase the disappointment of their 2013 FIBA AfroBasket. Nigeria becomes the third nation to qualify for next summer’s Olympics along with the United States and Australia who qualified by winning last summer’s FIBA World Championships in Spain. [Read more…]

Martin Hermannsson named to Iceland’s 12-man EuroBasket roster

Apparently for LIU Brooklyn men’s basketball team, three is indeed the magic number in regards to international basketball.

On Wednesday, it was officially announced that LIU sophomore guard Martin Hermannsson, who has been spending this summer with the Icelandic senior national team, was named onto Iceland’s final twelve-man roster for next week’s 2015 FIBA European Championship aka EuroBasket which begins on Saturday, September 5 and continues through September 20th. The top two finalists automatically qualify for next summer Olympics basketball tournament in Brazil. [Read more…]

NEC First Look: LIU Brooklyn

This is the tenth and final installment of our NEC First Look series in which we take a early glance at all ten Northeast Conference men’s basketball teams for the 2015-16 college basketball season. Here are the other nine posts on CCSUBryantSt. Francis BrooklynSacred HeartSaint Francis U., Fairleigh DickinsonWagnerRobert Morris and Mount St. Mary’s.

Gone:

Gerrell Martin (G) – 11.2 ppg, 39.3% 3pt FG%, 82.7% FT%, All-NEC third team. 29 starts in 30 games played.
Landon Atterberry (F) – 7.6 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 16 starts in 27 games played.
Elvar Friðriksson (G) – 8.9 ppg, 3.8 apg, 36.2% FG%. Started all 30 games last season. Transferred to Barry (Division II)
Chris Carter (F) – 0.9 ppg, 1.0 rpg in 10 games played.
Jamil Hood Jr. (G) – 1.3 ppg, 1.1 rpg in 24 games played. Transferred to Dodge City CC (JUCO).
Jonathon Tshibuy (G/F) – Missed entire season with a knee injury in his only season at LIU. Transferred. [Read more…]

NEC First Look: Mount St. Mary’s

This is the ninth installment of our NEC First Look series in which we take a early glance at all ten Northeast Conference men’s basketball teams for the 2015-16 college basketball season. Here are my first eight posts on CCSUBryantSt. Francis BrooklynSacred HeartSaint Francis U., Fairleigh DickinsonWagner and Robert Morris.

Gone:

Kristijan Krajina (F) – 6.4 ppg scorer as a sixth-year senior. Started all 30 games last season.

Andrew Smeathers (F) – Injuries only allowed him to play in 14 games last season. Averaged 8.7 ppg in his only season with the Mount. Earned his degree at Mount. No longer playing basketball due to injuries.

Chris Martin (G) – Finished fifth on the team in scoring at 7.4 ppg. Started in seven of 24 games last season but was a DNP in five of the team’s last six games. Transferred to Savannah State. [Read more…]

Jamal Olasewere to play for Italian club Virtus Roma in Italy next season

It hasn’t been a bad week so far for LIU Brooklyn’s all-time leading scorer Jamal Olasewere.

On Sunday, we learned he made the final roster for the Nigerian senior national team as they get ready to take part in the 2015 FIBA African Championships that begin on Wednesday.

On Tuesday, it was officially announced that Olasewere will be joining Italian club Virtus Roma for the 2015-16 season. Last season in his first full professional season, Olasewere played for Belgium club Verviers Pepinster Wolves. This is his third professional club he has signed with since graduating from LIU Brooklyn after the 2012-13 season. He also signed to play for Italian club Vanoli Cremona back in 2013 but didn’t play for the team after failing a physical due to an unknown heart condition. [Read more…]

2015-16 LIU Brooklyn Women’s Basketball Non-Conference Schedule Announced

Today, the LIU Brooklyn women’s basketball non-conference schedule was released via a series of tweets from the program’s Twitter feed (@LIUwbb). This is the first non-conference schedule for LIU Brooklyn women’s basketball first-year head coach Stephanie Oliver. In the 12-game non-conference schedule, the Blackbirds will face one team who participated in the NCAA Tournament this past March and five teams who had winning records last season.

Here is a breakdown of their non-conference schedule with opponent’s 2014-15 overall and conference records and final RPI ranking per NCAA.com: [Read more…]

Glenn Feidanga selected to play for Central African Republic in 2015 FIBA Afrobasket

#23 junior forward Glenn Feidanga is selected to Central African Republic 12-man final roster for the 2015 FIBA African Championships which begins this week. (Photo: Bob Dea/BHJ)

On Sunday, we got word that Jamal Olasewere was heading to the 2015 FIBA African Championships in Tunisia as part of the Nigerian senior national team. On Monday, it was announced that junior forward Glenn Feidanga has been selected onto the final roster for the Central African Republic who are also competing at the 2015 FIBA Afrobasket which starts on Wednesday.

Feidanga played in seventeen games last season after missing the first nine games due to an ankle injury. He went on to average 4.1 points and 3.6 rebounds while shooting 40% from the field. In 46 career games in his first two seasons at LIU Brooklyn, Feidanga is averaging 4.1 points and 3.7 rebounds while shooting 42.3% from the floor. [Read more…]