In what was pretty much a rather quiet offseason up to this point for LIU Brooklyn men’s basketball, got a bit noisy on Wednesday as news of not one but two LIU freshman point guards transferring from the program. Freshmen Elvar Friðriksson and Jamil Hood Jr., both are leaving Downtown Brooklyn and continuing their college careers elsewhere.
This morning, we got some surprising news in regarding to last season’s starting point guard freshman Elvar Friðriksson. Verbal Commits tweeted out the following news:
Friðriksson who arrived to LIU Brooklyn from Iceland, finished third on the team in scoring last season with 8.9 points per game and first in assists with 3.8 assists per game. He started all 30 games for the Blackbirds in his freshman campaign.
Friðriksson committed to LIU back in November of 2013 for the 2014-15 season. This past season, he started out strong in non-conference play with double-digit scoring games in six of his first ten games. He had a pair of 19-point scoring games (season-high) against Maine and New Hampshire. He was at one time early on the team’s scoring leader when he has a season-high scoring average of 11.9 points per game. He was also named NEC Rookie of the Week back on December 17.
He struggled through most of the first half of conference play with the exception of an 18-point game against Sacred Heart. He had a much better second half of conference play where he scored at least 11 points in six of the team’s last eleven games.
Friðriksson had a 1.5 to 1 assist-to-turnover ratio with 114 assists to 77 turnovers and shot 36.2% from the field, 32.5% from three and 71.1% from the free throw line.
The 6’0″ point guard will be heading to the sunshine of Barry University in Miami Shores, Florida. Barry is a Division II school which finished 25-6 last season and went to the Division II NCAA men’s basketball tournament.
Then late Wednesday afternoon, Marisa Jacques, Sports Director at Time Warner Cable News, released the following tweet on Twitter regarding freshman point guard Jamil Hood Jr.:
Hood appeared in 24 games this past season for the Blackbirds. He averaged just 1.3 points and 1.1 rebounds in 7.3 minutes per game. He was hampered the whole season with legs and ankle injuries which affected one of his main strengths which was his athleticism.
Hood scored a season-high 11 points in nine minutes in a late season loss to Mount St. Mary’s on the road. He shot 10 for 29 from the floor last season was 0 for 8 from three.
He played limited playing time this entire season as LIU used Friðriksson and sophomore Iverson Fleming mostly with freshman Martin Hermannsson at times at the point.
With the departures of Friðriksson and Hood, LIU’s point guard depth has taken a hit. They now lose their starting point guard and one of the reserves. They will be looking for a new starting point guard next season. They will return Fleming and newcomer juco transfer junior Aakim Saintil who will likely compete for the starting job. They could look to recruit another point guard to add depth once again to the position.
The loss of Friðriksson is surely a blow to Perri and the Blackbirds. LIU for now returns just two full time starters in Hermannsson and big man Nura Zanna from last season. LIU will once again have a new look in their starting lineup.