The roster moves continue for Jack Perri and the LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds, as it is being reported by Hörður Tulinius of www.karfan.is in Iceland (the website is in Icelandic, use Google translate to read in English) that they have landed a verbal commitment from 6’3″ shooting guard Martin Hermannsson from Iceland. Sources confirm the report.
Hermannsson, once it becomes official, will become the second 2014 commit from Iceland joining point guard Elvar Fridriksson who signed with LIU back in November.
Hermannsson played for K.R. Basket Reykjavík in the Icelandic Dominos League which is Iceland’s top basketball league. He started in 31 of the 32 games he played last season and averaged 18.8 ppg, 3.4 rpg, and 4.5 apg while shooting 49.3% from the field and 43.6% from three-point range. He also shot 81.2% from the free throw line and had 1.91 steals per game while playing 31.5 minutes per game last season. His team finished the season with a 29-3 record and won the 2013-14 Icelandic Dominos League in their finals 3 games to 1. He is also a member of the Icelandic senior national basketball team and was the youngest member of their current roster.
Just like his country-mate Fridriksson, Hermannsson will turn 20 years old by the time the season tips off in mid-November.
Also, Hermannsson becomes the third player for Iceland to come into the NEC next season joining Fridriksson, and St. Francis Brooklyn commit 6’2″ shooting guard Gunnar Olafsson.
Here is a four-year old scouting report of Hermannsson from europeanprospects.com from when he played in under-16 Nordic Championships:
“Hermannsson can play the PG position which will probably also be his position in the future as he has quite a good court vision and can also play the drive very well with some interesting fakes and looks for his team mates. He can also control the game speed and calm the team down when it is necessary. Hermannsson can put the ball on the floor with both hands and finish as well close to the basket against taller players as he protects his lay-ups pretty well. On the defensive end, Hermannsson plays the occasional steal but is not present that much. Being not overly physical, he may struggle on this side of the court in the future when playing against stronger guards.”
Although he will be playing mostly the shooting guard spot at LIU, it is good to know he is capable of handling the ball like a point guard as this video can attest:
Unfortunately, there is very little video online of him in game action.
Hermannson becomes the fifth committed freshman and sixth newcomer to join LIU Brooklyn for the 2014-15 season joining incoming freshmans Fridriksson, Trevon Woods, Trevin Woods, and Jamil Hood Jr. Also Hofstra transfer Jordan Allen will be joining LIU next season although his commitment has yet to be made official.
With this latest addition, LIU by my count at this moment has 15 scholarship players on their roster. This means two more players who played last season will likely not be returning joining E.J. Reed and D.J. Griggs who have both transferred out of LIU Brooklyn. We should soon learn who these final two players will be.
LIU will be quite a young team next season with five true freshman, one redshirt freshman (Nura Zanna) and three sophomores (Iverson Fleming, Glenn Feidanga, and Joel Hernandez) making up about two-thirds of the team’s roster next season. 2014-15 will once again be quite an interesting season for soon-to-be third year head coach Jack Perri and his coaching staff. It will be a busy summer and fall of teaching for the coaching staff and learning for the players at the Steinberg Wellness Center in Downtown Brooklyn.