About

Blackbirds Hoops Journal is a blog which made its debut in the summer of 2012 and it focuses on the LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds Men’s Basketball team (formally known as the Long Island) as well as the conference LIU plays in, the Northeast Conference. LIU Brooklyn has been playing NCAA Division I basketball since 1928 with a break in the basketball program from 1951 to 1957 after the NYC point-shaving scandal of the 1950’s. The LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds have been a member of the Northeast Conference since 1981 when it was then known as the ECAC Metro Conference before becoming the Northeast Conference in 1988. LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds are currently three-time defending Northeast Conference Men’s Basketball champions and have won the Northeast Conference Tournament five times: 1983-84, 1996-97, 2010-11, 2011-12 and 2012-13. LIU Brooklyn has won the National Invitational Tournament twice in their history back when the NIT was “THE” tournament in 1938 and in 1941. The Blackbirds have appeared in ten NIT’s with the last being in 1998.

Staff

Nelson Castillo – Writer/Creator

I’m a 1999 alum of LIU Brooklyn. I started going to LIU men’s basketball home games in my sophomore year which was the 1996-97 season, the year LIU returned to the NCAA Tournament for the second time in their history and first time in 13 seasons. I sat at the very top of the main bleachers at the old Schwartz Athletic Center which was better known as the old Brooklyn Paramount Theatre. I now currently attend or watch every single LIU men’s basketball games either in-person at the Steinberg Wellness Center, the home of LIU Brooklyn basketball, on television or through web stream. I have attended over 90 percent of LIU Brooklyn home games since 1996. Since the start of 2011-12 season up to now, there is only one LIU game that I didn’t get to attend or watch online or on television. Last season for the third year in a row, I watched or attended every LIU game.

Please follow me on Twitter @NelCastBHJ or if you like feel free to e-mail me at blackbirdshoopsjournal@gmail.com

Bob Dea – Photo Contributor

Bob has been with Blackbirds Hoops Journal since year one. Not only does he photographs LIU Brooklyn men’s and women’s basketball but he also shoots LIU’s other sports as well. Bob can also be found at various events in the city as a freelance photographer. Some of the events he has covered with his camera lens, the Village Halloween Parade, The Chinese New Year Parade, among others.