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Blackbirds look to fly again with new faces in tough NEC

Jack Perri LIU

The Long Island University men’s basketball team were decimated by injuries last season. The three-time defending conference champions limped to a disappointing nine-win campaign. Head coach Jack Perri is banking on good health, new leaders on the court, and a few new faces to help launch the Blackbirds back towards being competitive this season in the NEC.

The 2014-15 season could be a year of transition for LIU Brooklyn, with the graduation of NEC all-time assist leader Jason Brickman. Senior guard Gerrell Martin will be counted on for leadership. He’s the lone player remaining from LIU’s run of three straight Northeast Conference titles. Martin is a guard that’s become known for his offensive game. However at the NEC media day in October, the 6’3 Bronx native made clear his goal of making a strong  impact on defense this season. Perri’s also counting on senior forward Landon Atterberry to raise his level of play this season while stabilizing the frontcourt for the Blackbirds.

Perri stated at media day his approach towards recruiting is to “keep digging and keep turning over every rock”. It’s the infusion of several new faces that could determine LIU’s progression this season.

Albany product Jamil Hood is a freshman guard that Perri believes will bring athleticism and the ability to play at both guard positions, he’ll potentially help offset the loss of Brickman in the backcourt. LIU is also counting on Iceland natives Elvar Fridriksson and Martin Hermannsson, and Houston twins Trevin and Trevon Woods to make an immediate impression.

If  they can stay healthy, Perri should have enough talent to begin restoring the winning mentality that helped LIU in the past. Patience must be stressed with the amount of new faces on this team, however there’s more than enough intrigue surrounding the Blackbirds to keep an eye on them as they attempt to fly under the radar this season.

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

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