Over the Fourth of July weekend, most of the 2014-15 LIU Brooklyn men’s basketball team either returned back to campus or arrived to stay for the first time and started summer session classes as preparations for the upcoming season is about to get underway with summer workouts and practices.
Although officially, the upcoming college basketball season doesn’t begin until October 3rd which is the first day NCAA Division I men’s basketball teams can officially begin full practices, the NCAA does allow an eight-week stretch over the offseason in which coaches can hold workouts and practice with their players for up to eight hours per week.
Among some of the players who has arrived at LIU for the summer is freshman point guard Jamil Hood Jr. who tweeted out a picture he put on Instagram of the court at the Steinberg Wellness Center on his first day on campus.
A day before that, Hood Jr. also put a tweet which hopes sets a tone for his freshman season at LIU for himself and for his teammates.
Also, arriving at LIU this past weekend were the Woods twins, Trevon and Trevin. Trevon Woods tweeted out his arrival to Downtown Brooklyn and sounds ready for him and his brother to put in work in year one.
It wasn’t just the freshmen arriving to LIU but also the upperclassmen including senior forward Landon Atterberry who returned back to get themselves ready for the upcoming season.
Atterberry is among a handful of junior and seniors returning back to LIU to help lead a young team which will have nine sophomores and freshmens on it on this rebuilt LIU roster.
Even the LIU coaching staff is fired up about the arrival and return of some of the guys back to Brooklyn. Third-year assistant coach Chuck Bridge, for one, is happy to see the team back and is trying to get the other assistant coaches equally excited.
Not all the Blackbirds have yet to arrive in Brooklyn. The pair of freshman guards from Iceland, Martin Hermannsson and Elvar Fridriksson, aren’t expected to arrive on campus until September when the fall semester begins on September 3rd.
This provides Hood Jr. and sophomore Iverson Fleming with a bit of a head start as the competition for the open starting point guard position begins. The competition for that spot will likely be the most highly contested one of the preseason along with some other rotation spots on what is looking like a much deeper LIU team than what we have seen since the 2010-11 NEC championship team, the first of the three straight NEC championship teams between 2010 and 2013.