LIU Brooklyn MBB News and Notes – August 9

We are now under 50 days to the official start of the 2013-14 college basketball season on Friday, September 27. Summer workouts are now over at LIU Brooklyn and the coaches and players are getting themselves ready for the fall semester which begins in a few weeks. Let’s update on the latest news and notes surrounding the LIU Brooklyn men’s basketball program.

– Let’s start by officially welcoming LIU Brooklyn men’s basketball head coach to Twitter. Yes, Jack Perri, who is beginning his second season at the helm of LIU Brooklyn men’s basketball joined the Twitter world this past Tuesday. All Blackbirds fans can now follow him @JackPerri. Here was his first-ever tweet:

We are excited to see Jack Perri on Twitter as well. Perri joins just four other NEC men’s head coaches who are currently on Twitter. They are Robert Morris’ Andy Toole (@AndyToole), Sacred Heart’s Anthony Latina (@AnthonyLatina), Mount St. Mary’s Jamion Christian (@JamionChristian) and Wagner’s Bashir Mason (@BashirMason). Andy Toole easily leads all the NEC men’s basketball head coaches in followers with 3,340 as of this moment.

– As you may know, Blackbirds Hoops Journal has been keeping tabs this summer on former LIU players currently playing for their individual countries in some important international tournaments.

Jamal Olasewere is with the Nigerian national team as they prepare for the 2013 AfroBasket at the end of the month. Last week, Nigeria completed a three-game exhibition series against Venezuela around the state of Florida. Nigeria went 0-3 against the Venezuelans, blowing late leads in all three games. Olasewere looked like he was playing more of the shooting guard position than the small/power forward position we are accustomed to seeing him play. Although, there were no stats to be found for these exhibition games, Olasewere looked more comfortable as the games went along. The level of competition has ratcheted up for Olasewere and looked like Olasewere was slowly getting used to the speed/pace and level of play of international basketball.

Kyle Johnson is another former Blackbird getting some run in international play. Johnson is back with the Great Britain national team as they prepare for the 2013 EuroBasket in September. Team GB as they are also known, are currently practicing and will play their first exhibition game this weekend in London against Puerto Rico.

**UPDATE: 8/12 10:00 am** Here is Kyle Johnson stat line from the game versus Puerto Rico. Johnson started the game for Team GB: 11 points, 4 rebounds (2 offensive), 5/11 FG, 1/3 3FG, 1 Ast, 1 Blk, 1 Stl, 1 TO, 21:52 minutes played. Here is the game recap from Great Britain’s next exhibition game is on Thursday, August 15 against Finland in Helsinki at 12pm EDT.

– Earlier this week, the LIU Brooklyn Athletics mourned the loss of former LIU head men’s basketball coach Roy Rubin who passed away on August 6. Rubin coached the Blackbirds from 1961 to 1972 and amassed a overall record of 174-94. He took LIU to an NIT in 1968. He was inducted to the LIU Athletics Hall of Fame in 2001. Rubin was 87.

Rubin passing came less than a week after another LIU Athletics Hall of Famer and former LIU star of the 1940s, Ossie Schectman who scored the first-ever NBA basket, passed away.

– Here are a couple of articles recently written by a couple of writers at Big Apple Buckets on LIU Brooklyn. First, new BAB writer Sam Blum writes about LIU’s now-long standing pipeline to Texas and how some of these Texas players helped bring success to Brooklyn. Another is by BAB’s NEC expert Ryan Peters who wrote about LIU’s continual lack of national media attention (in a positive light) as other NEC teams like Robert Morris and Mount St. Mary’s are grabbing the summer story lines.

– And finally, earlier this summer, senior point guard Jason Brickman received a gift from the NCAA.

Photo Credit: Dan Lobacz - @DLobaczLIU

Photo Credit: Dan Lobacz – @DLobaczLIU

The NCAA sent Brickman this plaque for leading the nation in assists last season with his 8.5 assists per game average. Brickman is the first LIU Blackbird to lead the nation in a statistical category since Charles Jones led the nation in scoring back-to-back seasons in 1997 and 1998.


  1. Johnny Bartels says:

    Thanks Nelly well done as usual.Really jonesing for some Blackbirds hoops 50 days baby

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