Apparently for LIU Brooklyn men’s basketball team, three is indeed the magic number in regards to international basketball.
On Wednesday, it was officially announced that LIU sophomore guard Martin Hermannsson, who has been spending this summer with the Icelandic senior national team, was named onto Iceland’s final twelve-man roster for next week’s 2015 FIBA European Championship aka EuroBasket which begins on Saturday, September 5 and continues through September 20th. The top two finalists automatically qualify for next summer Olympics basketball tournament in Brazil.
Hermannsson now becomes the third LIU player on the 2015-16 roster to participate in a FIBA tournament joining incoming freshman Julius van Sauers (played for Netherlands in 2015 FIBA U-19 European Championships) and junior Glenn Feidanga (currently playing for Central African Republic at the 2015 FIBA AfroBasket).
LIU Brooklyn men’s basketball twitter account (@LIUBasketball) commemorated the official news with a nice graphic.
Hermannsson has previous experience with the Icelandic national team as he played with them last summer in EuroBasket qualifications. He also has been on Iceland’s under-20 and under-18 teams in FIBA competitions.
Hermannsson, in his freshman season at LIU in 2014-15, started in all thirty games for the Blackbirds and finished second on the team in scoring (10.2 ppg) and assists (3.3 apg).
Iceland is playing in their first-ever FIBA EuroBasket after finishing second in their group during the final stage of qualifying last summer. Iceland will be the only one of the 24 teams who qualified for the 2015 EuroBasket to make their debut in the tournament.
Iceland is in group B of EuroBasket which will also include Turkey, Serbia, Italy, Germany, and likely group favorites Spain. Iceland will open up against Germany on September 5th. EuroBasket games can be seen online through livebasketball.tv with a paid subscription.
Congrats to Martin and we look forward to seeing him play for Iceland next week.