By Adam Zaki
Published: April 26th, 2017
For the second consecutive year, Brooklyn College senior forward Oliva Colbert was named to the All-Metropolitan Basketball Writers Association’s Division III Second Team for the second year in a row.
After leading her team to two consecutive Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) tournament appearances, Colbert became the leader on and off the floor for her ball club. With tenacity under the basket, the 5’11 power forward played bigger than she was, with heart and passion that was contagious to those sharing the floor with her.
Never afraid to smash through traffic under the basket, Colbert’s effort provided the Bulldogs with timely baskets and quality rebounds, which lead to multiple possessions—allowing for the Bulldogs run and gun style offense to flow.
When teams played smallball against the Bulldogs, Colbert proved her versatility and flexibility on the floor by shifting to the center position, where she protected the rim and grabbed rebounds. This allowed the Bulldogs to put an extra guard on the floor, enabling them to keep up with teams that were trying to run them off the floor.
Even when morale among teammates were down against tough opponents like Lehman College and College of Staten Island, Colbert lead the team with a competitive mindset, always exerting maximum effort regardless of the score. Her professionalism leaked over to the broadcast table as well, where she was always willing to be interviewed by broadcasters from Brooklyn College about her team’s performance.
Averaging close to a double double on the year, Colbert’s legacy as a Bulldog will be one of grit, determination and effort. Her 10.9 points per game led her squad, while her 8.6 rebounds per game made her a force against the glass. In her two years in a Bulldogs’ uniform, Colbert averaged 12.9 and 9.9 rebounds in 57 games.
A transfer from Monroe College, Colbert will end her collegiate basketball career as a member of the Bulldogs. After losing her mother towards the end of the regular season this year, Colbert battled off court matters in conjunction with competing for a City University of New York Athletic Conference (CUNYAC) tournament. Her performance towards the end of the year contributed mightily to her team’s success, This season’s opportunity to compete for a CUNYAC championship would have been unattainable without the play of Colbert.
Along with other players who were named to the team, Colbert will attend the association’s annual awards dinner at the end of April where she will be recognized for her achievements.
Going into next season, filling the void left by Colbert will be a substantial task for the Bulldogs. Those replacing her in the coming seasons should use her play as an example of how to play Brooklyn College basketball.