Friday, February 15, 2013
Who scores for LIU?
By Matt Giles
When Julian Boyd was sidelined with a knee injury, we wondered who was going to step into the scoring void and add points for LIU? Certainly C.J. Garner and Jamal Olasewere remained, and the two seniors have shouldered some of the scoring burden, but without Boyd anchoring the interior, coach Jack Perri and his staff needed to cultivate the Blackbirds' bench, those players who would surround Boyd in 2013-14.
Luckily for Perri and his staff, LIU has one of the nation's premier guards. Jason Brickman has somehow escaped the glare of the national media (perhaps a fortuitous turn for the reticent Brickman), but his legerdemain ability to find teammates either on the break or lurking on the baseline is commendable. Jack Templon of NY Buckets analyzed LIU's shot attempts in NEC play, and discovered the squad is relying more heavily on perimeter attempts. Just over 40 percent of LIU's buckets came from lay-ups, but 46 percent (up from 24 percent) of LIU's points are from made threes.