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The evolution of Gerrell Martin as team leader for LIU Brooklyn in 2014-15

Gerrell Martin

LIU Brooklyn comes into the 2014-15 season with plenty of new faces looking to make an impact. However, there’s one familiar name from the old guard, that will be counted on for leadership in what’s expected to be the beginning of a rebuilding process for the Blackbirds.

Senior shooting guard Gerrell Martin, a 6’3 Bronx native,  is the lone player remaining from LIU’s run of three straight Northeast Conference titles. Martin’s experience could be an asset for a team that will feature nine new players this season.

I attended, along with several other area reporters, the 2014 NEC Basketball Social Media Day at the Barclays Center in October. Martin, along with Blackbirds head coach Jack Perri, both were there to provide insight on what to expect this season.

Martin’s offense will be relied on again, he’s the team’s leading returning scorer (12.2ppg), also their main three-point threat. While he’s confident his offensive game will be ready, especially from long distance, his awareness and enthusiasm of having an increased role as a vocal leader for his team is a good sign.

LIU Brooklyn opens their season November 19th against inner-city rival St. John’s. One point of interest Martin emphasized to us at Media Day was his goal to step up on defense. He’ll get his first early test  guarding the Red Storm’s D’Angelo Harrison.

There’s going to be a plethora of potential sub plots to keep an eye on with the Blackbirds. Martin’s continued growth as a player along with his emergence as a team leader will be a main key to any success they have this season.

Anthony Rushing is a contributing writer for CitySportsReport.com, you can follow him on Twitter @AnthonyRushing_

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