Blackbirds gets fifth 2015 commit with addition of big man Ganlandou Cisse

It has been a busy last 24 hours or so for LIU Brooklyn head coach Jack Perri and his coaching staff. Apparently, on Tuesday they landed not one but two commitments with the addition of combo guard Raul Frias which was learned about yesterday and late spreading news that LIU also landed 6’9”, 215 pounds forward/center Ganlandou Cisse out of Roselle Catholic High School in New Jersey where he was teammates with Kentucky recruit Isaiah Briscoe and South Carolina recruit Chris Silva. [Read more…]

Blackbirds lands fourth 2015 commit in guard Raul Frias

Mater Academy's Raul Frias becomes LIU's fourth 2015 commit and third freshmen commit. (Photo:  Raul Frias, twitter.com/raulbangsz)

Mater Academy’s Raul Frias becomes LIU’s fourth 2015 commit and third freshmen commit. (Photo: Raul Frias, twitter.com/raulbangsz)

Two weeks ago, two LIU Brooklyn players announced their transfers which meant head coach Jack Perri and his coaching staff had to get right back to work recruiting to fill the open scholarship after the surprise departure of starting point guard Elvar Friðriksson.

This afternoon, LIU filled the open roster spot with the commitment of 6’2” combo guard Raul Frias from Mater Acadamy Charter School in Hialeah Gardens, Florida. The commitment was first announced by Colin Campbell on Twitter and then the tweet was later retweeted by Frias himself. [Read more…]

LIU Brooklyn adds third 2015 commit in JUCO transfer Aakim Saintil

Aakim Saintil, the West Orange, NJ native, from Williston State College, has committed to play for LIU Brooklyn next season. (Photo: WIlliston State College Athletics)

LIU Brooklyn added a third 2015 commitment on Saturday with the addition of junior college transfer Aakim Saintil. Saintil announced the news himself on Twitter Saturday afternoon. [Read more…]

Kwe Askew signs NLI to play for LIU Brooklyn

It’s official! Stamford (CT) High School forward Kwe Askew today signed his National Letter of Intent to attend LIU Brooklyn and play for the men’s basketball team next season.

Scott Ericson of the Stamford Advocate/Hearst Connecticut Media, who also was the first to announce the Askew to LIU news last week, tweeted this photo of Askew signing his National Letter of Intent at his high school this morning: [Read more…]

Julius van Sauers becomes LIU Brooklyn’s second 2015 commit

Julius van Sauers, a Dutch national, has verbally committed to Jack Perri and LIU Brooklyn and will making Downtown Brooklyn home next season. (Photo: http://www.basketballleague.nl)

LIU Brooklyn men’s basketball added their second commit from the 2015 class in Julius van Sauers, a 6’7″ forward from the Netherlands. The news of LIU latest verbal commit was first announced on Twitter by @ChristopheEPcom early this morning: [Read more…]

LIU Brooklyn gets first 2015 commit in Kwe Askew from Connecticut

Today it was learned that LIU Brooklyn men’s basketball landed their first verbal commit from the 2015 high school class in Kwe Askew, a 6’7″ power forward from Stamford High School in Stamford, Connecticut. The commitment was first reported by Scott Ericson of the Stamford Advocate.

Askew was reported offered by LIU Brooklyn back in late January and had been also offered by Maine. He recently visited both schools before verbally committing to LIU.

Askew was named onto the Class LL All-State second team for his play this season.

New England Recruiting Report ranks Askew as the 20th best player from the state of Connecticut from this year’s class.

There isn’t much to be found on Askew in terms of highlight videos or season stats from this past season. Askew’s Stamford team this past season finished 13-8 overall.

The first day Askew can sign and submit a National Letter of Intent is next Wednesday, April 15th.

With the Askew commit, LIU at the moment, has one more scholarship available for the current 2015 class.

Jamil Hood Jr. to LIU Brooklyn becomes official

It has been seemingly months in waiting but on the very first day of regular signing period on Wednesday, Green Tech High School (Albany, NY) senior point guard Jamil Hood Jr. signed his National Letter of Intent and officially became a member of the LIU Brooklyn men’s basketball.

Hood Jr. had verbally committed to LIU Brooklyn and head coach Jack Perri back in early October but had to wait on signing his NLI until April so he can academically qualify.

Hood Jr. had a tremendous senior season at Green Tech. He averaged 16.7 points, 8.1 assists, 7.0 rebounds and 2.5 steals per game this season. His team went 19-6 and went on to become New York State Public High School Athletic Association Class AA Section II Champions and eventually became New York State Public High School Athletic Association Class AA Boys Basketball Champions. He went on to win MVP honors from his play in the postseason.

Hood Jr. was selected first-team NYSPHSAA All-Section II and was a McDonald’s All-America nominee.

He averaged over 20 points per game his junior season and was a NYSPHSAA All-State sixth-team selection. He was coached in high school by his father, Jamil Hood Sr.

Hood Jr. put out this picture on Instagram showing him signing his NLI along with LIU Athletics official tweet announcing his arrival to LIU Brooklyn:

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With Hood Jr. now signed, he becomes officially the fourth player signed to LIU Brooklyn for 2014-15. He is the second point guard LIU signed in this class with Elvar Fridriksson who signed in November as LIU starts to look at life after 1,000/1,000 man Jason Brickman. Also signed for next season is Trevin and Trevon Woods, twin brothers from Fort Bend Austin High School in Sugar Land, Texas.

It would definitely be a great competition this fall on who will become the next starting point guard but we could very well see a situation in which both these players may end up as starters as Perri could once again utilize the two point guard system that was a great success in their championship run with Brickman and C.J. Garner both on the floor together. Also in the mix will be sophomore guard Iverson Fleming who saw time at the backup point guard spot especially near the end of the season.

With Hood Jr. now officially signed, this means there will be definitely be a couple of players not returning next season as LIU currently has 15 players on the roster for next season. It is not yet known who these players will be. At the moment, the health status of Troy Joseph, who would be a redshirt senior next season, is still unknown whether he will be able to return to play next season or not.