The LIU Brooklyn Men’s Basketball team officially announced its roster on Thursday that included four new players to the Blackbird’s 2013-14 squad.
The four new players include Iverson Fleming, from North Brunswick, New Jersey, and Joel Hernandez, from Teaneck, New Jersey, who both signed national letters of intent to play next season. Glenn Feidanga, from Gainesville, Florida, and Landon Atterberry, from Detroit, Michigan, have both signed Financial Aid Agreements to make it official.
Other members of the incoming recruiting class of 2013 include Chris Carter, from Raleigh, North Carolina, and Nura Zanna, from Coral Springs, Florida. They had previously signed with LIU during the signing period in Nov. 2012.
Atterberry has been the only player mentioned above that I’ve written about on this blog so far. He verbally committed back in mid-July. He transfers in from Cape Fear Community College where he averaged 16.6 points and 6.6 rebounds per game while shooting 57.8 percent. He’s a 6-foot-6 forward.
“Landon is a versatile forward that has really good athleticism to rebound on both ends,” LIU Brooklyn head coach Jack Perri said. “He should fit in well with our style of play.”
Rated the 13th best prospect in Florida for 2013 by ESPN, the 6-foot-8 Feidanga is originally from the Central African Republic. More recently, he played four seasons at the Rock School in Florida where he won the Sunshine Independent Athletic Association state championship. He averaged 11.9 points and 5.8 rebounds per game at the Rock School.
“Glenn has a high motor and is physically strong enough to compete at the collegiate level early in his career,” Perri says. “With the loss of most of our frontcourt from last year, Glenn and Landon, as well as Nura Zanna and Chris Carter, help address some of our needs for the upcoming year.”
Fleming, a 6-foot-1 guard who played at North Brunswick High School in Jersey last year where he averaged 22.4 points per game as a senior. He was a finalist, but did not win, New Jersey State Player of the Year.
“Iverson is a talented combo guard that has the ability to play both on and off the ball,” Perri says. “He has a high basketball IQ and a really good feel for the game.”
Last but not least there is Hernandez, a 6-foot-3 guard who was named North Jersey Player of the Year after he averaged 24.1 points and 11.2 rebounds per game last year at Teaneck High School.
“Joel is a talented wing that has a great ability to put the ball in the basket in a variety of ways,” Perri says. “I am excited about his ability to create his own shot, and he is another kid that is physically strong enough to compete early in his career. I am hopeful that both Iverson and Joel can compete for minutes immediately and help fill some of the production that we lost in C.J. Garner and Brandon Thompson.”
So that’s six new players on the team including four freshmen and two out of junior colleges. The freshmen will presumably be at LIU Brooklyn for four years while Atterberry and Carter, the two JUCO transfers, only have two years of eligibility left.