The Blackbirds finalize the 2014-15 roster
The LIU Brooklyn men’s basketball roster is set after the Blackbirds head coach Jack Perri officially announced the additions of Jerome Frink, Martin Hermannsson and Jonathan Tshibuy to the team for the upcoming 2014-15 season on Wednesday morning.
“We are very excited to add three more student-athletes to our incoming class, Perri said in a statement. “They are great kids that will be welcomed into the LIU-Brooklyn family.”
These three new additions are apart of a group of seven new players that will join the Blackbirds this season including Elvar Fridriksson, Jamil Hood, Trevin Woods and Trevon Woods. With this new group, the Blackbirds will look significantly different next year as they have already lost D.J. Griggs, Troy Joseph and E.J. Reed, who transferred out, and Julian Boyd and Jason Brickman, who graduated. Only Gerrell Martin was a member of the team two seasons ago.
Hermannsson is an international student from Iceland where he was the second youngest member of the Iceland National Team. He’s a 6-foot-3 guard that averaged 18.4 points, 4.4 assists and 1.9 steals per game with a 41.5 shooting percentage from the floor and a 42.0 shooting percentage from behind the arc in 31 games for KR Reykjavik in the Dominos League. He has experience playing with Fridriksson in the FIBA tournament.
“Martin is a tremendous person from a real good family,” Perri said of Hermannsson. “He is a talented combo guard with good size and a great ability to play with or without the ball in his hands. He can score in a variety of ways and his basketball IQ is off the charts. He should have an immediate impact on our program.”
The news broke on Tshibuy late last week so Brooklyn Eagle Sports readers should be somewhat familiar with him. He is a 6-foot-5 forward that just transferred from JUCO Missouri State University-West Plains. He averaged 10.3 points per game last year and 9.1 per game as a freshman.
“Jonathan is a really nice kid that will help give us some depth in our front court. He is a versatile forward that can create mismatches with his ability to attack the basket from the perimeter. I like his ability to defend multiple positions and compete on the glass as well.”
The best of the group may be Frink, but, unfortunately, he won’t be playing during the 2014-15 season due to NCAA transfer rules. He is a 6-foot-7 forward coming in from Florida Internaional where he averaged 10.2 points and 6.3 rebounds per game as a freshman. Last season, he averaged 8.4 points per game. He is also a somewhat local kid as he played in Jersey City for Bob Hurley at St. Anthony’s and was named First Team All-State by the Star Ledger.
“Jerome comes from a great family and played for two highly competitive programs in the past. He was here during our summer session and immediately fit in. He is a talented and tough forward that has a great work ethic and demeanor. He will really help us in practice this year with his overall competitiveness and toughness. He will have a huge impact on our program even while he is sitting out for the year.”