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.
Hernandez is a 6’3″ shooting guard. According to Zagoria, he had also considered going to Hofstra before choosing LIU Brooklyn. According to Rivals.com, he also received offers from NEC rival Robert Morris and former NEC school Quinnipiac. Hernandez had an excellent senior year. He averaged 21.9 ppg and 11.2 rpg on his way to being named Boys Player of the Year by the Bergen Record newspaper.
Hernandez scored a school-record 49 points in a game this season. He went on to score 1590 points in his high school career at Teaneck and won three divisional titles. In his three seasons on the varsity, his team finished an incredible 86-8.
Here is some game footage from this season as his team took on St. Joseph’s back in December (Hernandez is #11 in white):
Hernandez is described as an “efficient scorer” by his high school coach Jerome Smart who talked to Adam Zagoria and a player “started playing both ends of the floor”. He also has the ability to take and make clutch shots.
With the additions of Hernandez and Fleming this week, LIU now has plenty of guys at the guard positions. Hernandez could possibly see some playing time behind Gerrell Martin at the shooting guard spot.
Now that LIU has added these two players this week, it now leaves them with one scholarship available and that looks like it is being reserved for Kedar Edwards who is hopefully to get academically eligible to play next season.
Congratulations to Joel Hernandez and welcome to LIU Brooklyn.