In what has been a pretty quiet offseason for LIU Brooklyn men’s basketball thus far, some noise was finally made late Monday night into Tuesday afternoon.
Word started circulating on Twitter that LIU Brooklyn had landed their first 2016 commit in 6’3” shooting guard Ashtyn “Syrup” Bradley. The first tweet regarding Bradley’s commitment to LIU was put out by Reggie Rankin of ESPN Recruiting.
It was later confirmed by Bradley himself.
Ashtyn Bradley is from Fresno, Texas and he played for Homeschool Christian Youth Association just outside of Houston, Texas. He also is on the Basketball University AAU team in Houston.
According to MaxPreps.com, Bradley averaged 25.4 points per game as a senior this past season. He also averaged 4.3 rebounds and 1.8 steals per game. As a senior, he shot 45 percent from the field, making 54 percent of his two-point shots and 36 percent of his three-pointers.
Bradley had interest from Youngstown State, Rider and Prairie View A&M according to VerbalCommits.com.
Bradley is considered as a shooter who is not shy about letting it fly from deep. He is a left-handed shooter who looks like he can shot both off-the-dribble and catch-and-shoot.
He recently dropped 36 points in a three-point win for his AAU team game this past Saturday.
Here is a YouTube highlight reel of Bradley from last summer highlighting his shooting ability.
Here is another highlight reel from this past senior season, once again putting his shooting on display.
It is no secret why LIU Brooklyn head coach Jack Perri and his coaching staff targeted a shooter. Last season, LIU was ninth among NEC teams in three-point shooting with a dismal 29.7 percent three-point shooting percentage. Only Robert Morris was worse. For LIU to seriously contend for an NEC title next season, the outside shooting needed to be addressed.
Immediately after the Bradley news came out, the question became, whose scholarship will Bradley get? LIU had no seniors last season and had all 13 scholarships accounted for.
Then word came out this afternoon through a tweet by the folks at VerbalCommits.com that twin brothers, Trevin and Trevon Woods, will be transferring from LIU Brooklyn.
Trevin Woods played in 29 of LIU’s 31 games this season. He averaged 3.9 points and 3.0 rebounds per game this past season. He shot 30.9 percent from the field and 25.8 percent from three in 89 attempts in over 16 minutes per game.
He played in 58 total games as a Blackbird, all coming off the bench and averaged 4.1 points and 3.3 rebounds in his two seasons with a 34.3 field goal percentage and 28.8 three-point percentage.
His twin brother Trevon, played in 37 games as a Blackbird, playing in 15 games this past season. He averaged 2.4 points and 1.6 rebounds per game in 9.1 minutes per game for his LIU career. He shot 28.8 percent from the field and 25 percent from three in his two seasons in Downtown Brooklyn. Both leave with two years of eligibility remaining.
With the departure of the Woods twins and with the commitment by Bradley, LIU currently has one scholarship to work with. Another shooter could be on their wish list. We shall see who the LIU coaching staff will go after next.