Jamal Olasewere to play for Italian club Virtus Roma in Italy next season

It hasn’t been a bad week so far for LIU Brooklyn’s all-time leading scorer Jamal Olasewere.

On Sunday, we learned he made the final roster for the Nigerian senior national team as they get ready to take part in the 2015 FIBA African Championships that begin on Wednesday.

On Tuesday, it was officially announced that Olasewere will be joining Italian club Virtus Roma for the 2015-16 season. Last season in his first full professional season, Olasewere played for Belgium club Verviers Pepinster Wolves. This is his third professional club he has signed with since graduating from LIU Brooklyn after the 2012-13 season. He also signed to play for Italian club Vanoli Cremona back in 2013 but didn’t play for the team after failing a physical due to an unknown heart condition. [Read more…]

Jamal Olasewere selected to play for Nigeria in 2015 FIBA Afrobasket

LIU alum Jamal Olasewere has been selected to play for Nigeria in the upcoming 2015 FIBA African Championships. (Photo Credit: fiba.com)

It was only matter of time before it was officially announced but on Sunday we finally got the official word.

LIU Brooklyn’s all-time leading scorer Jamal Olasewere has once again been selected to play for the Nigerian senior national team which will compete in the 2015 FIBA African Championships (aka Afrobasket) in Tunisia which begins this Wednesday, August 19th and continues through August 30th. The winner of this tournament automatically qualifies for 2016 Summer Olympics basketball tournament in Brazil.

Olasewere will play in his second tournament for Nigeria. He played for Nigeria in the 2013 FIBA Afrobasket in which Nigeria finished seventh and failed to qualify for the 2014 FIBA World Championships. [Read more…]

Julian Boyd signs his first pro deal with Finnish team Porvoon Tarmo, completes comeback

Former LIU star Julian Boyd will return to the basketball court next season playing professionally in Finland after a multitude of setbacks. (Photo: Bob Dea)

This is one feel good story that would make anyone’s day. Former NEC Player of the Year and three-time NEC champion, forward Julian Boyd has completed his comeback from three ACL injuries to sign with Porvoon Tarmo in Finland.

Porvoon Tarmo is a team that plays in the Finnish First Division which actually their second-tier pro league.

The story here is of Boyd’s preservence and determination to continue his basketball career after multiple setbacks during his days at LIU which nearly ended his playing career. [Read more…]

Blackbirds at the 2015 Gotham Hoops Invitational Photo Gallery

This past Saturday, the good folks at Gotham Hoops put on the second annual Gotham Hoops Invitational for many of the local area seniors and recent graduate to participate and showcase themselves in front of prospective international pro scouts, player agents, coaches and more.

The Gotham Hoops Invitational took place at Adelphi University out in Long Island and four now former Blackbirds participated in recent graduates Landon Atterberry and Gerrell Martin, 2013 NEC Player of the Year Jamal Olasewere fresh off his pro season in Belgium and 2008 NEC Rookie of the Year and 2012 NEC Player of the Year Julian Boyd who is making his latest comeback from three ACL tears that has had him sidelined for most of the last two and half years. [Read more…]

Three Blackbirds scheduled to participate in 2015 Gotham Hoops Invitational

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The trio of LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds scheduled to play in the second annual Gotham Hoops Invitational on May 30th. (Photos: Bob Dea/BHJ)

It may be the offseason but for those who have exhausted their college eligibility, this time of year is where players look for opportunity to showcase themselves to get opportunities as they look to continue their playing careers playing professionally.

The second annual Gotham Hoops Invitational provides that opportunities to outgoing seniors and recently graduated alums to get in front of some professional scouts and coaches as well as agents. This year’s Gotham Hoops Invitational, put together by Ray Anczelowicz of gothamhoops.com, will take place on Saturday, May 30th at Adelphi University in Garden City, NY on Long Island. [Read more…]

Jason Brickman leaves his German Club

LIU Brooklyn alum Jason Brickman leaves his second pro team this season, moving on from German club Medi Bayreuth. (Photo: Bob Dea/BHJ)

In a bit of surprising news earlier this week, former LIU Brooklyn point guard and 1,000-assist man, Jason Brickman reportedly asked to be released from his contract with German club Medi Bayreuth.

On the team’s official website (in german), they said Brickman surprised team officials and coaches when he asked to have his contract terminated. According to the release, the team asked Brickman to reconsider but the other players on the team unanimously didn’t want Brickman to return after making his request and thus his request was granted.

It is the second European pro team Brickman has left this season after leaving Russian club Dynamo Moscow back in late November. He wasn’t getting much playing time in Russia and both sides decided to part ways.

This news comes as such a surprise since it seemed like he was having good success with his new german club. He played in 11 games for Medi Bayreuth, starting in ten. He averaged 7.5 points per game and 4.8 assists per game in nearing 30 minutes per game of playing time. He shot 48 percent from the field and 48 percent from three and 90 percent from the free throw line.

The team’s headline in their release of the news, translated in english from german was ‘Not Cope With The Pressure’.

I have to believe there is more to this that is being led on. It seems highly out of Brickman’s character to just decide to basically quit on his team during their final stretch of regular season games. To say, he couldn’t cope with the pressure, to me, makes no sense. This is the same guy who perform big in big games for LIU in his four seasons with the Blackbirds. Why would he all of a sudden shy away from the pressure? Something is just not adding up in my opinion.

It will be interesting to see if he draws any more interest from any other pro teams for next season considering his two exits this season.

I will continue to monitor this if any further news or information is released. We at BHJ continue to wish Brickman luck in whatever his future holds.

Brickman gets double-double in his debut for Medi Bayreuth

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LIU Brooklyn alum Jason Brickman who last week sign with his second professional team in Germany top flight club Medi Bayreuth, made his debut on Tuesday with the team and it was quite an impressive one.

Brickman had a very solid debut, finishing with 11 points on 3 of 6 shooting including 3 of 4 from three-point land and dished out 10 assists with just three turnovers and a steal in over 27 minutes off the bench for his first professional double-double in a 101-96 win over Telekon Baskets Bonn.

Brickman will wear number 55 for his new club. His customary number 15 is already taken by former Georgetown forward Brandon Bowman.

Brickman joined the team last Friday and there was uncertainty whether or not he will get be ready to play this game. He was definitely was ready and put out a nice performance.

His team’s next game is on Saturday against Alba Berlin who is in first place in the German BBL.