Today is the first day of the early signing period for basketball recruits to commit to their school of choice for next season. LIU Brooklyn is expected to get a National Letter of Intent from Nura Zanna who I wrote about when he first announced his commitment to LIU Brooklyn back on October 15th.
Late last night, Alex Kline of therecruitscoop.com tweeted this:
2013 St. Benedict's (NJ) guard Jahmal Lane has verbally committed to LIU, but will sign in the spring, he says.—
Alex Kline (@TheRecruitScoop) November 14, 2012
Jahmal Lane becomes the second commit for LIU head coach Jack Perri and the LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds for the ’13-’14 season. Lane is a 6’3″, 195 lbs. shooting guard out of prestigious St. Benedict’s Prep in Newark, NJ. Before arriving at St. Benedict’s Prep for this season, Lane previous played at Plainfield High School in Plainfield, NJ. According to Tim McClain of the Newark Star-Ledger on nj.com, Lane led Plainfield to two straight New Jersey State Tournament of Champions finals and he was named the Newark Star-Ledger’s Union County Player of the Year. He lead Plainfield to a 30-4 record last season and was also a first-team district selection. He averaged 14 points per game while grabbing six rebound a game. He was a teammate of FDU’s freshman point guard Sekou Harris at Plainfield. As Alex Kline’s tweet suggest, he will wait to sign his NLI until the spring. Word is that he needs to get his academics in order to qualify and become eligible to play for the Blackbirds next season.
There is a several highlight videos of Jahmal Lane on YouTube. Here is a one:
You can see Lane likes to drive the lane (saw what I did there) and get to the rim or take short jumpers. You also see he is capable of making the three as well.
Perri and his staff currently have six scholarships at their disposal for next season so four more scholarships remain to be handed out for next season.
By the way, be careful on relying on the ESPN recruiting tab on ESPN.com’s LIU Brooklyn team page. They are not always 100% accurate. Example: You see that ESPN recruiting has a player name Chris Grady on there as committed to LIU but with no date to the commitment. Problem is, the player’s name is actually Chris Brady and he hasn’t committed to LIU. In fact, I was told by sources that the school has not heard back from him since mid-summer. Just an FYI on some of the recruiting/commitment info that is out there.