LIU Brooklyn great Jamal Olasewere signs with European Team
Former LIU Brooklyn Blackbird Jamal Olasewere has signed a professional contract to play basketball in Europe for the Belgium team Verviers Pepinster Wolves of the Ethias League next year, LIU Brooklyn announced late Tuesday.
This is a nice move for Olasewere to begin his pro career as it is the top league in Europe and it will certainly get the 6-foot-7 forward plenty of attention as he continues to develop his game. He had signed with the Italian team Guerino Vanoli Basket last season, but never played after his physical revealed a heart issue. He has since been cleared to play.
He hasn’t been completely out of basketball since graduating from LIU Brooklyn. Olasewere has most recently played internationally with the Nigerian National Team in the 2013 FIBA African Championships. As the youngest player on that team, he didn’t get a ton of playing time, but he did score 14 points in 14 minutes against the Central African Republic in a 112-75 win that helped them to a 5-2 overall record in the tournament.
Before that Olasewere dominated the court in Brooklyn for four years where he helped to lead to three consecutive Northeast Conference championships. He won an NEC Player of the Year award and was named to two All-NEC First Teams. His 1,871 points is all-time best for anyone in LIU Brooklyn’s history.
He also holds LIU Brooklyn records for free throws made (570), free throws attempted (860), games played (130), is ranked fourth on the all-time rebounds list (963) and eighth on the all-time steals list (170). In his senior season, Olasewere averaged 18.9 points, 8.6 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game. Technically his most efficient year was his junior season, though, when he averaged more points, rebounds, steals and blocks per 40 minutes and set career highs in shooting percentage from the floor and from behind the arc.