LIU Brooklyn adds third 2015 commit in JUCO transfer Aakim Saintil

Aakim Saintil, the West Orange, NJ native, from Williston State College, has committed to play for LIU Brooklyn next season. (Photo: WIlliston State College Athletics)

LIU Brooklyn added a third 2015 commitment on Saturday with the addition of junior college transfer Aakim Saintil. Saintil announced the news himself on Twitter Saturday afternoon.

Saintil is a 5’11″/6’0″ point guard from West Orange, NJ. Last season, he played for Williston State College, a junior college in Williston, North Dakota. He played in all 30 games for Williston State and started in 29 of them in helping the Tetons to a 25-5 season. He averaged 12.1 points, 5.3 assists and 3.7 rebounds per game in 26.6 minutes per game. He shot 48.2% from the field, 39.2% from three and 73.1% from the free throw line. He also averaged 2.2 steals per game while turning the ball over 2.6 times per game.

Saintil played his freshman season in 2013-14 at South Alabama where he played in 31 games for the Jaguars and had ten starts. He averaged 6.3 points, 1.8 assists, 2.0 rebounds in 22.7 minutes per game . He shot just 32.9% from the field and just 27.1% from three. He made nearly 74% of his free throws. He scored a season-high 15 points against Louisiana-Lafayette that season.

He played his high school ball at Roselle Catholic High School in Roselle, NJ. There he was named on to the New Jersey All-State Third Team after his senior season. He averaged 14.5 points, 5.5 assists and 4.5 rebounds per game as a senior and help lead Roselle Catholic to a championship at the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association Tournament of Champions.

Saintil has two years of eligibility remaining.

With the addition of Saintil, LIU Brooklyn, at the moment, now have all 13 scholarships now accounted for. Saintil completes LIU’s 2015 recruiting class along with incoming freshmens Kwe Askew and Julius van Sauers.


  1. Dan From Staten Island says:

    Looks like St. Francis Brooklyn has added still another Icelander to the Brooklyn scene. Dagur Kar Jonsson, 6-1 freshman combo guard, is coming to Brooklyn Heights this Fall, to join sophomore swing man Gunnar Olafsson on the Terrier roster. The Battle of the Dueling Icelanders will make an interesting sub-plot to the always hotly-contested Battle of Brooklyn series vs LIU. The full St. Francis recruiting press release is now out there on the SFC Athletics website.

  2. Michael Hernandez B'71 says:

    Hi Nelson,
    Relating to your twitter comments. Mom’s are the rock of all families. Without them us boys can’t play with our toys and do things we boys like to do–like follow LIU basketball when we really have more important things to do around the house.
    Wanted to ask you something about a subject related to TV games from LIU. In watching TV games, I’ve noticed the primary TV cameras are situated on a made up wooden stand in the bleacher seating between the team benches. Up above the same side of the facility is a perch, which I believe, is for video and TV cameras. Why don’t the TV people use that perch?? To me, since it’s much higher, it would provide a better panoramic view the court.
    Again, thanks for the update on recruiting. Hopefully, as you always do, you’ll provide us with your insight of the incoming class.
    I love your site!!!!!!!!!!
    Be well,
    Mike Hernandez B’71

    • Hi Michael, thanks as always for the kind words! As far as your question re: the TV perch high above at the SWC. It was used for the very first game played at the SWC which happened to be televised. It might have been used one other time as well. The perch is pretty high and from what I remember, the cameras have to point practically straight down on the court. Think of when you see Duke games on TV, it looked pretty similar to that. Since then, they have had the TV cameras on that wooden platform over the bleachers seats behind the benches. I imagine TV and LIU people felt that it was a better angle to shoot the games and not such a harsh angle for viewers at home. That is what I’m guessing. I never really asked anybody at LIU about it. Maybe I’ll ask someone next season.

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