As the LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds prepare for the start of their quest for a third straight NEC championship, today we learned that senior forward Jamal Olasewere was named Choice Hotels/NEC Player of the Week for the third time this season.
Olasewere, in helping LIU goes 2-0 this week and securing a NEC tournament quarterfinal home game on Wednesday, averaged 24.5 points per game and 11.5 rebounds per game. On Senior Day on Saturday, he scored a career-high 33 points on 15 shots. He collected double-doubles in both games last week and finished the regular season with ten double-doubles.
In the 16 NEC games Olasewere played this season, third in the conference in scoring (19.6 ppg), second in rebounding (9.2 rpg), and fifth in field goal percentage (54.9%). He made and attempted the most free throws of any NEC player this season (163-235). He also finished the regular season as the third best player in the nation in fouls drawn per 40 minutes at 7.9.
Olasewere becomes the first LIU player since Jaytornah Wissah in 2009-10 to be named NEC Player of the Week three times in the same season.
Tomorrow, the NEC will announced their regular season awards and Olasewere is the leading candidate to win NEC Player of the Year and become the second LIU Blackbird in two season to given such an honor following last season’s winner Julian Boyd.
Congrats to Jamal Olasewere for this honor and good luck to him tomorrow in the NEC award announcements.