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.