NEC Media Day Conversation with LIU Brooklyn MBB head coach Jack Perri and junior guard Iverson Fleming with Photo Gallery

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LIU Brooklyn head coach Jack Perri and junior guard Iverson Fleming chatting it up on the NEC Front Row broadcast with Dave Popkin and Tim Capstraw. (Photo: Bob Dea – BHJ)

This past Tuesday, the Northeast Conference once again put on its annual NEC Basketball Social Media Day at the 40/40 club inside Brooklyn’s Barclays Center and once again the NEC did a tremendous job organizing and running this great event. It is always the fastest four or five hours of the year it seems.

At NEC Media Day, I along with other members of the media, got to once again speak with LIU Brooklyn head coach Jack Perri as he gets set to begin his fourth season as the Blackbirds head man and also begins his second decade coaching at LIU as he begins year eleven as an both an assistant and head coach in Downtown Brooklyn.

This year, junior guard Iverson Fleming joined him for the festivities. Fleming in his first two years at LIU is averaging 4.3 points per game and is a career 35.6% field goal shooter. [Read more…]

2015-16 Northeast Conference Men’s Basketball Preview

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Photo: Bob Dea – BHJ

The goal of all ten Northeast Conference teams is to be hoisting the NEC Men’s Basketball Championship Trophy high above their heads the second Tuesday in March. To get there, it takes two months of practices, a month and half of non-conference games before the two-month journey through the conference season to be in the top eight of the NEC standings and qualify for the NEC Tournament.

St. Francis Brooklyn was picked by many last season to be that team to hoist the NEC championship trophy and they came one win away but a determined Robert Morris team came into Brooklyn Heights and left with trophy and a bid to the NCAA Tournament in hand.

Now, Robert Morris will look to defend their NEC title against a few formidable teams who will look to get their hands on that title and get their opportunity to represent the NEC in the NCAAs.

For me, I believe that the NEC this season is more define in terms of tiers going into the season then it probably has been over the last few years. There is easily a bottom tier, a good but not great tier, a sleeper tier and then the top tier and I don’t think it is over difficult to figure out which teams belongs in which heading into this season.

Now it’s time to reveal the fourth annual Blackbirds Hoops Journal NEC preseason preview: [Read more…]

2015-16 Northeast Conference Men’s Basketball Awards Predictions

Another great season of college basketball is about to unfurl as we creep towards Halloween and November which means it’s time to start making predictions for the upcoming 2015-16 Northeast Conference season.

This season, only four of the fifteen players who were named on the three All-NEC teams last season return back as well as just one of the four individual player award winners. This opens up room for some new, young and up-and-coming stars in the conference to begin getting the opportunity for recognition in a league which seems to be once again wide open.

Now, it is time to unveil the Blackbirds Hoops Journal’s prediction for the 2015-16 NEC awards beginning with the All-NEC Rookie Team. [Read more…]

2015-16 LIU Brooklyn Men’s Basketball Preview

The 2015-16 LIU Brooklyn men's basketball team going through their paces at a recent practice. (Photo: Instagram - @liubasketball)

The 2015-16 LIU Brooklyn men’s basketball team going through their paces at a recent practice. (Photo: Instagram – @liubasketball)

How quickly times flies. The 2015-16 college basketball season marks year four of Jack Perri head coaching era at LIU Brooklyn. Last season, Perri had to guide one of the youngest team in the nation and with that LIU went through a streaky, up-and-down season in which the Blackbirds finished 12-18 overall and 8-10 in the Northeast Conference.

One of the major benefits of last season was the ability to give playing time and experience to a group mostly consisting of freshmen and sophomores. Now as sophomores and juniors, these players are going to be looked upon to take the next step in what could very much be a wide open year in the NEC and help bring along what on paper could potentially be the best class of freshmen Perri has brought in his four seasons at the helm.

What could be more fuel for optimism for this season’s LIU team is that this team doesn’t have a single senior on their roster which means this could potentially be the start of a cycle where this group will be together pretty much for the next two seasons which could mean some exciting times could be returning once again to Downtown Brooklyn. [Read more…]

2015-16 LIU Brooklyn Women’s Basketball Preview

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The 2015-16 LIU Brooklyn women’s basketball team huddling up during their first practices of the season on October 7th. (Photo: Twitter @LIUwbb)

It is safe to say, the 2015-16 LIU Brooklyn Women’s Basketball team is one entering into a transitional phase. The amount of changes this program has had since we last saw them back in March would probably make any person’s head spin a bit.

Gone are former LIU head coach Gail Striegler after seven seasons at the helm, the last three being all losing seasons and failing to reach double-digit wins. Enter new head coach Stephanie Oliver, in her first Division I head coaching job, after spending the last two seasons as an assistant coach at Seton Hall.

The challenges facing Oliver in her first season is plentiful. Four players since her arrival have left the program and Oliver was only able to bring in one late transfer to the roster who isn’t eligible to play this season, leaving her with just a ten-player roster of returning scholarship players going in from a team which finished 9-21 overall and 6-12 in the NEC last season. [Read more…]