Three Blackbirds garner NEC MBB honors; Frink selected 2017 NEC Player of the Year

Iverson Fleming, Jerome Frink and Jashaun Agosto, LIU Brooklyn's 2017 NEC Postseason awards honorees.

Iverson Fleming, Jerome Frink and Jashaun Agosto, LIU Brooklyn’s 2017 NEC Postseason awards honorees. (Photos: Bob Dea – BHJ)

It was an award-winning Tuesday for three LIU Brooklyn men’s basketball players as the Northeast Conference announced their annual postseason awards.

Freshman guard Jashaun Agosto, senior guard Iverson Fleming and redshirt senior forward Jerome Frink were all named to All-NEC teams while Fleming and Frink also were named for individual honors.

Jashaun Agosto was named to the All-NEC Rookie team after an outstanding first collegiate season which saw him start in all 30 games played this season. The freshman out of Seattle, Washington finished fifth among all NEC freshman in scoring at 11.1 points per game and third among NEC freshman and twelveth in the NEC overall in assists at 3.0 assists per game. Agosto shot nearly 41 percent from the field this season and 38.6 percent from three while going nearly 75 percent from the foul line.

Iverson Fleming was named to the All-NEC third team as well as named the NEC Most Improved Player. Fleming started in all 31 games for LIU and took his game to new heights in his senior year. He averaged 14.5 points per game, increasing his scoring by nearly ten points per game from his junior year. Fleming also averaged 3.3 rebounds per game and nearly two assists per game while shooting 38 percent from the floor and 35 percent from three. He was named NEC Player of the Week three times in the 2016-17 most recently this past Monday for his performances last week in securing the two-seed for the upcoming NEC tournament.

Jerome Frink was named to the All-NEC first team for the second year in a row as well being named NEC Player of the Year, becoming LIU’s third NEC Player of the Year since 2012 (Julian Boyd and Jamal Olasewere). Frink finished third in the NEC in scoring at 17.1 points per game and second in the conference in rebounding at 8.9 rebounds per game. The Jersey City native shot 47.6 percent from the floor and 34.5 percent from three. Frink also finished second in the NEC in double-doubles with thirteen, two behind his LIU teammate Nura Zanna. He scored an LIU season and career-high 30 points in an overtime win at Bryant on February 9th.

LIU Brooklyn head coach Jack Perri just missed out on NEC Coach of the Year honors as that award as it went to Mount St. Mary’s head coach Jamion Christian.

Here is the complete list of Northeast Conference Men’s Basketball Award Winners:

LIU Brooklyn begins their NEC tournament quest in a quarterfinal matchup against Robert Morris on Wednesday, March 1st for a 9pm game at the Steinberg Wellness Center. The game will be airing on MSG+, FOX College Sports as well as on necfrontrow.com for the worldwide audience.

Comments

  1. Michael Hernandez'71 says:

    Three seconds on the clock is a lifetime. You take all the bigs out and put in the quick guards–the shooters–Agosto, Batts, Frias and Bradley. They’re small but very quick to get up court. I understand inbounding in that situation is tough and you have to go the entire court, but the inbounder can run the baseline and with the guards’ quickness there’s a chance they would’ve gotten a decent look or possibly drawn a foul.
    What was that last inbounds play?? Did Frink think we had the lead???!!! He just held the ball. Just started to dribble as if to run out the clock. We understand the heat of the moment and the pressure and all, but Coach, with the inbounds play you drew up and the players you had on the court, to me, you did NOT give the kids at least a chance to win.
    And I like Coach Perri.
    A disappointing loss to an otherwise very good season.
    Nelson, do you know if we’re playing any games at Barclay’s next season??

    • Agreed. A strange plan in a strange game. What was even weirder, to me, was the second-half defensive plan of Frink on McConnell. So strange. A number of times there were screens to free McConnell where Frink had to choose between guarding the basket and guarding McConnell, and Frink’s natural inclination is to cut off penetration. Just a weird, weird coaching choice.

    • In the postgame, Frink said the play was to pass it out to one of the guards streaking down but they were all defended so he then realized he had to take the shot and by then it was too late. Give RMU and Andy Toole credit, they defended it well and yes that second of indecision to do with the ball proved costly. I don’t know what is their situation with Barclays Center. Their initial five-year deal with the arena ends after this season. I believe they will be back at Barclays but I can’t say what the new terms will be. In this deal, LIU were able to play up to four total games there for either the men’s or women’s with the men taking three and women playing one. I would like to think they would like to continue playing there in the future especially helping land some bigger programs i.e. St. John’s, Temple, Seton Hall which are a few that come to mind who they’ve hosted at BC over the last five years. I hope to hear a renewal of some sort with them and Barclays over the offseason.

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