The transfer news keeps on coming for LIU Brooklyn men’s basketball.
A couple of days after news broke that twin brothers Trevin and Trevon Woods would be transferring from LIU, on Thursday it was revealed via a tweet from Adam Zagoria of Zagsblog.com that junior point guard Aakim Saintil will also be transferring out after just one season in Downtown Brooklyn.
Saintil had transferred in last summer from Williston State College in North Dakota as a junior college transfer. He played his freshman season at South Alabama so this would be his third transfer in three collegiate seasons.
His LIU career start off promising. He came off the bench in his first six games, scoring at least eleven points in every game. Then LIU Brooklyn head coach Jack Perri inserted Saintil into the starting lineup on December 8th in their game at Fordham and he went off for 23 points in a five-point overtime loss. He stayed in the starting lineup the rest of the season.
He finished in double figures scoring in his first nine games as a Blackbirds and was looking like a lock All-NEC player. Then his play and his shooting began to tail off along with making questionable in-game decisions as well as continuous foul issues throughout the season which lead to inconsistent production.
He finished third on the team in scoring at 12.6 points per game and finished tied with teammate Martin Hermannsson for the team lead in assists with 4.7 assists per game. He had a 1.62 assist-to-turnover ratio which was second to Hermannsson’s 2.15 assist-to-turnover ratio on the team. His shooting percentages were not great as he shot 36.8 percent from the floor and 26.2 percent from three although he was second on the team in free throw percentage at 80.7 percent. He also finished second on the team in fouls with 104, three behind Nura Zanna and fouled out four times this past season which was also second most behind Zanna.
Saintil will have one more year of eligibility remaining and if wants to play in Division I for that final season, will have to sit out next season where ever he goes.
With Saintil’s departure, LIU Brooklyn now has two scholarships available after shooting guard Ashtyn Bradley committed to LIU back on Monday. It would now seem like LIU will be in the market for another point guard, likely a freshman point guard.
Also, this might mean that Martin Hermannsson will now take over the role as LIU’s primary point guard. The team began to flourish late last season as he played more and more minutes as the team’s primary ball handler. His 2.15 assist-to-turnover ratio led all NEC players last season and he began to take his game to another level in the final five weeks of the season, flirting with near triple-doubles on multiple occasions.
Iverson Fleming after a rather disappointing junior season, did improve his play in the final couple of weeks of the season as well as in the NEC tournament quarterfinal game where he played his best game of the season. He should go into next season as the backup point guard for his senior season.