LIU Brooklyn men’s basketball added their second commit from the 2015 class in Julius van Sauers, a 6’7″ forward from the Netherlands. The news of LIU latest verbal commit was first announced on Twitter by @ChristopheEPcom early this morning:
Blackbirds Hoops Journal sources also confirm this commitment.
van Sauers, a native of Amsterdam, has played the last two seasons in his native country for his hometown club, BC Apollo Amsterdam, which plays in the Dutch Basketball League, the top basketball league in the Netherlands.
He has played in 11 games so far this season (3 starts) and averaged 4.0 ppg and 3.1 rpg in 14.5 mpg. He is shooting 35% from the field and 26% from three this season. He played in six games for BC Apollo Amsterdam in 2013-14 where he only averaged 2.0 ppg and 1.8 rpg in about 10 mpg.
van Sauers has been a member of both the Netherlands’ Under-18 and Under-20 national teams as well as appeared in a game for Dutch senior national team. He played nine games with the Under-18 national team back in 2013 at the FIBA U-18 European Championships where he averaged 9.0 ppg and 5.9 rpg in over 24 mpg. He shot 32% from the field and 22% from three in that tournament. At the FIBA U-20 European Championships back in 2014, he played in eight games where he averaged 4.9 ppg and 2.2 rpg in 18.5 mpg. He shot 34.3% from the field and 12.5% from three.
Last summer, he also appeared in one game for the Netherlands’ senior national team at a FIBA European Championships qualification game. He played in eleven minutes and did not score but collected three rebounds. The Netherlands qualified for this summer’s FIBA European Championships. He is a candidate to be on the senior national team once again this summer.
van Sauers will become the third European player on LIU Brooklyn roster next season, joining the two Icelandic guards, Elvar Friðriksson and Martin Hermannsson.
He will turn 20 years old on July 1, just like Friðriksson and Hermannsson did when they came to LIU Brooklyn last season.
van Sauers now joins 6’7″ forward Kwe Askew, who verbally committed to LIU last week. LIU Brooklyn has one more scholarship remaining after the transfer of forward Jonathan Tshibuy last week. Both van Sauers and Askew can sign and submit National Letters of Intent beginning today, April 15th.