It has been seemingly months in waiting but on the very first day of regular signing period on Wednesday, Green Tech High School (Albany, NY) senior point guard Jamil Hood Jr. signed his National Letter of Intent and officially became a member of the LIU Brooklyn men’s basketball.
Hood Jr. had verbally committed to LIU Brooklyn and head coach Jack Perri back in early October but had to wait on signing his NLI until April so he can academically qualify.
Hood Jr. had a tremendous senior season at Green Tech. He averaged 16.7 points, 8.1 assists, 7.0 rebounds and 2.5 steals per game this season. His team went 19-6 and went on to become New York State Public High School Athletic Association Class AA Section II Champions and eventually became New York State Public High School Athletic Association Class AA Boys Basketball Champions. He went on to win MVP honors from his play in the postseason.
Hood Jr. was selected first-team NYSPHSAA All-Section II and was a McDonald’s All-America nominee.
He averaged over 20 points per game his junior season and was a NYSPHSAA All-State sixth-team selection. He was coached in high school by his father, Jamil Hood Sr.
Hood Jr. put out this picture on Instagram showing him signing his NLI along with LIU Athletics official tweet announcing his arrival to LIU Brooklyn:
With Hood Jr. now signed, he becomes officially the fourth player signed to LIU Brooklyn for 2014-15. He is the second point guard LIU signed in this class with Elvar Fridriksson who signed in November as LIU starts to look at life after 1,000/1,000 man Jason Brickman. Also signed for next season is Trevin and Trevon Woods, twin brothers from Fort Bend Austin High School in Sugar Land, Texas.
It would definitely be a great competition this fall on who will become the next starting point guard but we could very well see a situation in which both these players may end up as starters as Perri could once again utilize the two point guard system that was a great success in their championship run with Brickman and C.J. Garner both on the floor together. Also in the mix will be sophomore guard Iverson Fleming who saw time at the backup point guard spot especially near the end of the season.
With Hood Jr. now officially signed, this means there will be definitely be a couple of players not returning next season as LIU currently has 15 players on the roster for next season. It is not yet known who these players will be. At the moment, the health status of Troy Joseph, who would be a redshirt senior next season, is still unknown whether he will be able to return to play next season or not.