New LIU Brooklyn court update

About a month ago, I told you about the Steinberg Wellness Center getting a bit of a makeover for the new season with a new court floor.

Well, I figure I’ll update you on the progress courtesy of the folks inside both the men’s and women’s basketball programs who have using social media to keep us all aware of the progress. [Read more…]

Blackbirds add Mitchell McMullen to their roster as a walk-on for next season

Malcolm McMullen, a point guard out of Texas, committed to play for LIU Brooklyn next season as a walk-on. (Photo:

It appears that LIU Brooklyn has one more member to their roster for this upcoming season.

Early Tuesday evening, LIU got a commitment from Mitchell McMullen. He is a point guard from out of Schertz, Texas just outside of San Antonio. He is listed somewhere between 5’7” and 5’10” by several websites. He played his high school ball at Samuel Clemens High School in Schertz. He was named onto the All-District 25-6A second team. He was also a member of 210 Jayhawks AAU team out of San Antonio, Texas. [Read more…]

New look for Blackbirds Hoops Journal

Welcome to July 1st. The first day of the new 2015-16 college athletic calendar.

With today being a day of first, I thought it would be a great day to refresh Blackbirds Hoops Journal and debut out new look for the blog. I decided to return to more of a blog feel. I felt that some of the posts were getting lost in some of the sections of the blog. Now all the posts will run in order like it used to before the previous update. You can still find the categories of posts you are looking for in the categories tab on the right.

I’m also debuting a new logo and a new banner for the site. The new logo marks a first for the site.

Also, this upcoming season, I have added an Instagram account for the blog so now you can all follow @blackbirdshoopsjournal for game photos and more.

There are other ideas floating through my head that may make their way to the blog next season which I hope will be fun, entertaining and informative and I hope to announce what they are at a later date.

In the meantime, thanks as always for checking out and coming back to Blackbirds Hoops Journal. I hope you all like the new updates. Feel free to leave any comments below. Remember you can always follow me on Twitter, @NelCastBHJ.

LIU’s Frink and Zanna among NEC Players in Summer League Action


Because it is summer, it doesn’t mean there isn’t any basketball to enjoy. Summer leagues in the tri-state area have either started or are about getting ready to start this week and that means some guys on your favorite college basketball teams will be hitting the local gyms and hardcourts somewhere near your neck of the woods. [Read more…]

Stephanie Oliver announces her coaching staff for LIU Brooklyn WBB

New LIU Brooklyn women’s basketball head coach Stephanie Oliver today revealed two members of her coaching staff for her first season at the helm of the Blackbirds.

Oliver announced she has brought in Heather Zurich and Tim Gardner to join her on the bench next season. They will join the only returnee from former head coach Gail Streigler’s coaching staff last season in Director of Basketball Operations Hillary Spears. [Read more…]

A look at the latest possible MBB rules changes

It is now official.

Next season, college basketball will be implementing several new rule changes after the NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel on Monday approved the men’s basketball rules committee proposed rules changes they released last month. [Read more…]

Jason Harris leaves LIU Brooklyn to become new HC at UMass Boston

Longtime LIU Brooklyn men’s basketball assistant coach Jason Harris is leaving the program. But for very good reason.

On Monday, Harris was named the new head men’s basketball coach at UMass Boston, a NCAA Division III school in Boston, Massachusetts which plays in the Little East Conference.

Harris had been part of the LIU Brooklyn coaching staff for the last seven years and beside head coach Jack Perri, was the longest tenured coach in the program. He started as LIU’s Director of Basketball Operations back in 2008 and has spent the last five seasons as assistant coach. He, along with Perri, are the only two LIU coaches to be a part of all three NEC championships from 2010-13. [Read more…]