Hermannsson named NEC Player of the Week for second time this season

LIU's Martin Hermannsson for the second time this season earns NEC Player of the Week honor. (Photo: Bob Dea)

LIU’s Martin Hermannsson for the second time this season earns NEC Player of the Week honor. (Photo: Bob Dea)

On Monday, the Northeast Conference announced that LIU Brooklyn sophomore guard Martin Hermannsson was named co-NEC Player of the Week along with Wagner junior forward Michael Carey.

Hermannsson earned his second NEC Player of the Week honor of the season after having himself an outstanding week in which LIU went 1-1. The Icelandic guard averaged 21.5 points, 7.0 assists, 5.5 rebounds and 3.5 steals in his two games. He also shot 52.1 percent from the field and 80 percent from the free throw line. [Read more…]

BHJ’s NEC Mid-Season Awards

This past week’s Wednesday and Thursday games marked the midway point of the Northeast Conference men’s basketball season. With a good sample size of eight league games plus adding in the non-conference games, it is a good time to see who are some of the front runners for the league’s conference awards according to myself with one month of the regular season remaining.

So with that, let’s get to it. First off, here are my mid-season front runners for NEC All-Rookie Team: [Read more…]

Aakim Saintil named NEC Player of the Week

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LIU Brooklyn point guard Aakim Saintil became the third LIU player this season to be named NEC Player of the Week this season. (Photo: Bob Dea – BHJ)

On Monday, the Northeast Conference announced LIU Brooklyn junior guard Aakim Saintil was named NEC Player of the Week for his performances during last week’s games against Wagner and Bryant on the road.

Saintil averaged 21.5 points, 4.0 assists and 3.5 rebounds and shot 52 percent from the floor while making five of ten three-pointers and missing just one of thirteen free throw attempts.

Saintil went off for a career-high 27 points in a come-from-behind 71-70 win at Wagner Thursday night. He then followed that performance up with 16 points and four assists in LIU’s 79-61 win at Bryant which was LIU’s largest margin of victory this season.  [Read more…]

Jerome Frink named NEC Player of the Week for the second time this season

(Photo: Bob Dea – BHJ)

Junior forward Jerome Frink on Monday afternoon was named Northeast Conference Player of the Week after helping guide LIU Brooklyn to a 1-1 record in their two games last week. This is Frink’s second NEC Player of the Week honor of the season.

Frink scored a career-high 30 points and grabbed nine rebounds in a 89-84 overtime loss at Fordham last Tuesday. He followed up that game with his second double-double of the season at Niagara. He finished with 12 points and 11 rebounds in LIU’s 80-79 overtime victory against the Purple Eagles Saturday afternoon.

Frink averaged a double-double for the week with 21 points and 10 rebounds and made 53.3 percent of his shots from the field while hitting on 5 of 10 three-point attempts and making 5 of 6 from the charity stripe. He also averaged 2.0 steals per game.

Through eight games this season, Frink is LIU’s leading scorer at 16.9 points per game which places him third in the NEC. His 9.0 rebounds per game average is tops in the NEC and he is eighth in the NEC is field goal percentage (.525), tenth in three-point percentage (.375), and third in block shots (1.5).

Frink is the first LIU Brooklyn player since Jason Brickman back in the 2013-14 season to be named NEC Player of the Week twice in the same season.

He has helped LIU to get off to a nice 5-3 start to the season. The Blackbirds will return back to the court on Friday night when they host Sam Houston State at the Steinberg Wellness Center at 7pm.

Congrats to Jerome on once again winning the honor.

Jerome Frink named NEC Player of the Week

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(Photo: Bob Dea – BHJ)

LIU Brooklyn has its first award winner of the season.

Today, the Northeast Conference announced via Twitter that this week’s NEC Player of the Week is redshirt junior forward Jerome Frink.

Frink had himself a heck of a debut week for the LIU Brooklyn men’s basketball team. Frink in the three games played last week, averaged 17 points per game along with 8 rebounds per game including a 25 points and 9 rebound performance against Maine last Thursday.

He also averaged 2.3 blocks per game and made, not one but two game-saving blocks in the final seconds of two games last week, one against Loyola (Md.) last Monday and the other on Sunday against North Carolina Central. [Read more…]

2015-16 Northeast Conference Men’s Basketball Awards Predictions

Another great season of college basketball is about to unfurl as we creep towards Halloween and November which means it’s time to start making predictions for the upcoming 2015-16 Northeast Conference season.

This season, only four of the fifteen players who were named on the three All-NEC teams last season return back as well as just one of the four individual player award winners. This opens up room for some new, young and up-and-coming stars in the conference to begin getting the opportunity for recognition in a league which seems to be once again wide open.

Now, it is time to unveil the Blackbirds Hoops Journal’s prediction for the 2015-16 NEC awards beginning with the All-NEC Rookie Team. [Read more…]

Three Blackbirds take home 2014-15 NEC postseason honors

LIU Brooklyn's 2015 NEC postseason honorees (L to R) Gerrell Martin, Martin Hermannsson, and Nura Zanna. (Photos: Bob Dea)

LIU Brooklyn’s 2015 NEC postseason honorees (L to R) Gerrell Martin, Martin Hermannsson, and Nura Zanna. (Photos: Bob Dea)

The Northeast Conference announced on Tuesday morning their annual postseason awards and three LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds took home postseason honors.

Senior guard Gerrell Martin was named to the All-NEC Third team by the NEC head coaches while freshmen Martin Hermannsson and Nura Zanna were named to the NEC All-Rookie Team.

Martin, who was a bit of a surprise selection although worthy of the honor, was the only four-year senior of this season’s LIU team. He led the Blackbirds during the regular season with 11.4 ppg and was the team’s leading three-point shooter at 39.3% while shooting 82% from the free throw line. Martin finished 14th in conference scoring at 12.9 ppg. Eleven times this season he scored at least 15 points in a game on a team that very much had balanced scoring. He scored 20 or more points in a game four times including a season-high 27 points vs Bryant on January 3rd. He was the final holdover from LIU’s NEC championship era between 2011 and 2013.

Hermannsson was LIU’s most consistent freshman player this season. He averaged 10.2 ppg and led the team this season in minutes player at over 31 minutes per game in starting all 29 games for LIU. He is first on the team in free throw shooting at 86% and made 39% of his field goals this season although he did struggle with his three-point shot much of the season, making just 27.5% of his shots from behind the arc. He also finished the regular season fourth on the team in rebounding at 3.9 rpg and second in assists at 3.3 apg. He finished in double figures in 17 of his 29 games and scored a season-high 21 points vs FDU on January 24th.

Zanna was LIU’s best low post threat this season. After missing all of last season due to a wrist injury, the big man had a good freshman season for the Blackbirds. Zanna averaged 8.5 ppg and grabbed 6.2 rpg in starting every game for LIU this season. Although plague by foul issues for much of the season, Zanna showed he can be a beast on the boards and in the low post for LIU. He collected one double-double but missed out on four more by just one rebound and three more by two rebounds. He finished is double figures in 13 games this season and scored a season-high 17 points in a LIU loss at Wagner on January 10th. Zanna only played in 23 minutes per game this season due to his foul difficulties. He has a 14.5 points per 40 minutes scoring average.

Between Hermannsson and Zanna, combined they collected four NEC Rookie of the Week awards this season, two for each of them.

You can get more numbers on these three from LIU Brooklyn Athletics release on liuathletics.com.

Congratulations to Gerrell Martin, Martin Hermannsson and Nura Zanna for their well-deserved honors.

LIU Brooklyn will play St. Francis Brooklyn on Wednesday at St. Francis Brooklyn’s Pope Center in the quarterfinal round of the 2015 NEC tournament at 7pm. The game will be streamed live on necfrontrow.com.