LIU Brooklyn renames WRAC to Steinberg Wellness Center

LIU Brooklyn announced last week that the on-campus home for LIU Brooklyn’s men’s and women’s basketball teams, the Wellness, Recreation and Athletic Center, also known as the WRAC for short, is going to be renamed to the Steinberg Wellness Center in a dedication ceremony on Wednesday afternoon, April 24th.

The renaming is in dedication to Dr. David J. Steinberg who is retiring as LIU’s president this coming June after 27 years in that position. Dr. Kimberly R. Cline is set to become LIU’s tenth president in July. Cline will become the university’s first female president in their history. [Read more…]

Joel Hernandez joins LIU Brooklyn for 2013-14

It has been a good week for the LIU Brooklyn men’s basketball team. Earlier this week, head coach Jack Perri and his staff landed Iverson Fleming and today we learned that they have signed Joel Hernandez from Teaneck High School in New Jersey. Both Adam Zagoria and Alex Kline, two of the leading recruiting experts had the scoop on it Saturday morning on their Twitter feeds this morning. [Read more…]

Iverson Fleming commits to LIU Brooklyn for 2013-14

It looks like LIU Brooklyn has added another player to the fold for the 2013-14 season. On Thursday evening, recruiting guru Alex Kline tweeted the following:

Iverson Fleming is a 6’1″ guard from North Brunswick High School in New Jersey. He originally committed to Hofstra over LIU back in December but de-committed after Hofstra head coach Mo Cassara was fired back on March 22nd. [Read more…]

Jamal Olasewere at the 2013 Portsmouth Invitational Tournament

Two-time NEC Player of the Week Jamal Olasewere (Photo Credit: Bob Dea)

LIU Brooklyn’s Senior forward participates in the 2013 Portsmouth Invitational Tournament (Photo Credit: Bob Dea)

This past week, 2013 NEC Player of the Year Jamal Olasewere headed to Portsmouth, Virginia to play in the annual Portsmouth Invitational Tournament (PIT) which is a tournament of 64 invited senior players who play in teams of eight players and they play in three games in front of NBA and international scouts and executives.

Olasewere was on a team named Portsmouth Sports Club (every team is named after a tournament sponsor). Olasewere played in all three games. Here are his lines for all three games: [Read more…]

Julian Boyd receives medical waiver, gets his sixth year of eligibility

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LIU Brooklyn’s Julian Boyd will return for a sixth year. (Photo Credit: Bob Dea)

Great news for LIU Brooklyn fans! One important piece of the 2013-14 LIU Brooklyn puzzle was revealed today. LIU Brooklyn forward Julian Boyd was granted his medical waiver request by the NCAA for missing most of his fifth (senior) year of eligibility due to his torn ACL injury he sustained in December. Boyd will be able to return for a sixth year at LIU. Boyd was the 2012 NEC Player of the Year after he averaged 17.4 ppg and 9.3 rpg in his junior season in guiding LIU to their second straight NEC championship and NCAA tournament appearance.

Boyd tweeted the good news out on his twitter feed:

Boyd was averaging 18.5 ppg and 6.1 rpg before he suffered his injury in a game at Rice back on December 12, 2012. It was widely expected that Boyd would be granted an extra year of eligibility since he had yet to play in thirty percent of LIU’s games since he got hurt in the team’s eighth game of the season (8/30 = 26.6%). If he play in one more game, he would have reach the NCAA thirty percentage threshold for a medical waiver. [Read more…]

Thanks for a Great Year One!

Tonight the NCAA crowds a new Division I men’s basketball champion and thus bringing the 2012-13 college basketball season to an end. With this being the official end of the long four and a half month journey, I wanted to take this opportunity to say thanks to many people who helped in the growth and success of Blackbirds Hoops Journal in year one.

When I started the blog last summer, I honestly didn’t know how many people would even bother reading anything I wrote. I didn’t know if anyone else cared as much about LIU Brooklyn hoops as much as I did. When I first started back over last summer, I honestly had very low expectations. I was just hoping to get a some readers who would check in from time to time. The blog was getting between 20 to 30 views a day over the summer and I thought maybe that the way it is going to be all year long. I wasn’t really writing about the Blackbirds to get views on the blog, I was writing I was a fan of the team and an alum of the school and I have truly enjoyed watching and attending LIU basketball games for now the last seventeen seasons. Well, I quickly learned as the season went along that there really was an interest in LIU Brooklyn basketball and it just wasn’t me and a select few. Every month, the views kept increasing and people started knowing who I was at games and was coming up to me and thanking me for starting the blog and enjoyed my writing and told me to keep it up. I felt very gratified and appreciate of all the support. As the 26,000+ views show, people really did enjoy the blog and kept returning and leaving comments and writing messages to me, asking me various questions about the team. I learned I’m not the only passionate Blackbird fan out there, that there are plenty of other fans just like myself and followed this program as intently as I did. It was great for me to see that. [Read more…]

Jamal Olasewere to participate in the 2013 Portsmouth Invitational

Two-time NEC Player of the Week Jamal Olasewere (Photo Credit: Bob Dea)

LIU Brooklyn’s Jamal Olasewere (Photo Credit: Bob Dea)

LIU Brooklyn senior forward and reigning NEC Player of the Year Jamal Olasewere was selected to participate in the 2013 Portsmouth Invitational Tournament in Portsmouth, Virginia.

The Portsmouth Invitational Tournament is an annual tournament which invites 64 seniors across college basketball to participate in a four-day, twelve-team tournament with each team consisting of eight players per team. The tournament is played in front of NBA scouts and general managers in the lead up to June’s NBA draft. The tournament is taking place from April 10 through April 13. [Read more…]