Ok Blackbird fans. I hate being the bearer of bad news but there is no getting around it. The injury bug has claimed another victim on this season’s Blackbird squad. Blackbirds Hoops Journal has learned that 6’7″ freshman forward Nura Zanna is out for the entire 2013-14 season with a hand injury. LIU Brooklyn head coach Jack Perri confirmed Zanna’s injury to Ryan Peters of Big Apple Buckets.
The injury happened right after the school year started in September and @RMFMagazine on Twitter, who followed Zanna while at Coral Springs Christian Academy in Florida, was the first to tweet about it all the way back on September 11th.
Also, Zanna’s high school head coach at CSCA, Steve Fitzgerald, also mentioned that Zanna had been injured in a congratulatory tweet to Zanna back on October 4th.
He suffered the freak injury during a pick up game on a block shot against the backboard. Zanna will likely be medically-redshirted this season. This is the second major injury LIU has suffered before the month of October. As we all know, sixth-year senior Julian Boyd will be out of the LIU lineup until January at the earliest after re-tearing his ACL for the second time in seven months back in July.
This is a significant loss for the Blackbirds and head coach Jack Perri and yet another blow to LIU’s chances of four-peating this season in the NEC. Zanna was considered a major prospect for the Blackbirds with a very high upside. Zanna was one of the candidates and probably would have been the leading candidate to hold the fort at the 5 position until Boyd’s hopeful return during NEC play. He was among the preseason favorites for NEC Rookie of the Year and was selected as preseason pick for the award by Big Apple Buckets and one of the preseason college basketball preview magazines as shown in the tweeted picture above. Now, it looks like Perri may have to turn to either junior college transfers Landon Atterberry or Chris Carter at that position until Boyd’s return.
It is a tough blow for Zanna but on the bright side, he will help lead what could be a terrific freshman class next season with his return and verbal commits Trevin and Trevon Woods and Jamil Hood Jr. coming to Downtown Brooklyn.