Yesterday, LIU Brooklyn announced the early signings of three new players for next season, Trevon Woods, Trevin Woods and Elvar Fridriksson.
The expected signings of twin brothers Trevon and Trevin Woods took place at their high school yesterday afternoon at their high school. Here is a picture of signing put out on Twitter by Stephen F. Austin High School basketball @AHSdawg_hoops:
In case you missed it, here is my post from when the Woods twins originally committed to LIU.
Also announced was the signing of Elvar Fridriksson, a 5’11” point guard from Iceland. One of the first things I noticed in my research of Fridriksson is the amount of experience he already has under his belt both internationally and domestically in his native country. He played at Under-18 European Championships for Iceland in 2012, playing in 9 games and averaging 10.3 ppg/3.1 rpg/2.4 apg/34% FG/33.3 3FG%/25.3 mpg. He had 4 double-digit scoring games including 18 points vs Norway and 22 points vs Sweden.
He has also been playing for a team called Njardvik in Iceland’s top basketball league since 2009. Last season, Fridriksson played in 25 games for Njardvik where he averaged 19.6 ppg/4.8 apg/3.5 rpg while shooting 46.5% from the field and 30.8% from three-point land. This season through six games, Fridriksson is averaging 26.0 ppg/7.0 apg/2.6 rpg while shooting 54.5% from the field and 51.5% from three including a game in which he scored 37 points (even with going 0-3 from three) and dished 7 assists.
Also interesting about Elvar Fridriksson, he will turn 20 years old around the time next season begins which would make him the equivalent age-wise to a college sophomore or junior rather than a freshman.
Even a player in Iceland has YouTube highlight videos and Fridriksson has few. Here are is a highlght video from his 2012-13 season with Njardvik (Fridriksson wears #10):
Gotta love the Metallica blasting at the start of this video!
Obviously, he isn’t bashful shooting the ball. Loves to shoot the three and has great shooting range. He also shows very good ball handling. He can crossover and get to the basket, can shoot the floater in a lane and can hit the pull-up jumper from short range.
The question that is going to be quickly asked is, how good is the level of competition in Iceland that he putting up these big numbers? We can safely assume it is likely not the highest of levels of basketball in Iceland but there is no denying the kid looks like he has plenty of skills and ability that could very well fit LIU Brooklyn’s style of play.
Congrats to Travis and Trevon Woods and Elvar Fridriksson for signing with LIU Brooklyn and look forward to seeing them all on the court next season.