Junior forward Jerome Frink and sophomore guard Martin Hermannsson were named onto the All-Northeast Conference First Team this morning. It was the first time since the 2012 in which LIU Brooklyn got two players selected on All-NEC first team (Julian Boyd and Jamal Olasewere) and first time since 2014 (Jason Brickman) a LIU player in general was selection to the All-NEC first team.
Frink had an incredible first season with LIU Brooklyn. The Florida International transfer finished the regular season third in NEC in scoring (16.9 points per game), tied for second in rebounding (9.1 rebounds per game), sixth in blocks (1.31 blocks per game), sixth in three-point shooting percentage (38.5%), eighth in field-goal percentage (50.8%), and tenth in steals (1.34 steals per game).
Frink collected ten double-double and scored in double figures in 25 of his 29 games played including a streak of twenty straight games. He scored a season-high 30 points in a loss to Fordham back on December 8th and also had a monster 26-point, 14-rebound game against Wagner in a win on February 11th. He scored twenty or more points in a game nine times this season. He also proved to be a very good defensive player with 38 blocks and 40 steals this season.
Hermannsson turned it on in the final month of the season to put himself unto the All-NEC first team. The Icelandic native finished the regular season just behind Frink on the team in scoring (16.5 points per game) which placed him fourth in the conference. He also finished third in the NEC in assists (4.69 assists per game), second in free throw percentage (88.8%), fourth in steals (1.76 steals per game), eleventh in three-point shooting percentage (36.7%), first in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.19) and was third in the NEC in minutes played (36.2 minutes per game).
He scored 20 or more points eight times this season including seven times in his last ten games. Five times in his last ten games, he went for at least 17 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and in four of those five games he didn’t have a single turnover. He alternated back and forth between the point guard and off-guard position and didn’t miss a beat.
Hermannsson nearly finished with a triple-double in his last game against Bryant where he went for 20 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists. He twice scored a career-high 25 points, most recently on February 20th against St. Francis U. This is Hermannsson’s second All-NEC honor as last season he was named to the All-NEC Rookie team.
Congratulations to both Frink and Hermannsson on their well deserved honor.
The 6-seeded LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds will take on the 3-seeded Sacred Heart Pioneers Wednesday night at 7pm in the NEC Tournament quarterfinals at Sacred Heart.