Julian Boyd receives medical waiver, gets his sixth year of eligibility

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LIU Brooklyn’s Julian Boyd will return for a sixth year. (Photo Credit: Bob Dea)

Great news for LIU Brooklyn fans! One important piece of the 2013-14 LIU Brooklyn puzzle was revealed today. LIU Brooklyn forward Julian Boyd was granted his medical waiver request by the NCAA for missing most of his fifth (senior) year of eligibility due to his torn ACL injury he sustained in December. Boyd will be able to return for a sixth year at LIU. Boyd was the 2012 NEC Player of the Year after he averaged 17.4 ppg and 9.3 rpg in his junior season in guiding LIU to their second straight NEC championship and NCAA tournament appearance.

Boyd tweeted the good news out on his twitter feed:

Boyd was averaging 18.5 ppg and 6.1 rpg before he suffered his injury in a game at Rice back on December 12, 2012. It was widely expected that Boyd would be granted an extra year of eligibility since he had yet to play in thirty percent of LIU’s games since he got hurt in the team’s eighth game of the season (8/30 = 26.6%). If he play in one more game, he would have reach the NCAA thirty percentage threshold for a medical waiver.

This was the second medical redshirt of Boyd’s career. In 2009-10, he missed the entire season after learning he had a heart condition called non-compaction cardiomyopathy. He returned the following season and helped lead LIU to their first of three straight NEC championships and NCAA tournament appearances.

For his career, Boyd has averaged 14.1 ppg and 8.1 rpg in 104 games played. His 1467 career points scored currently put him 11th on the LIU Brooklyn’s all-time scoring list and now he has the opportunity to possible become LIU’s all-time leading scorer which currently belongs to now-former teammate Jamal Olasewere with his 1871 career points. His 843 career rebounds puts him sixth on LIU’s all-time rebounding list and he also has a shot to become the school’s all-time leading rebounder as well (record held by Carey Scurry (1982-85) with 1,013). He will also have a chance to break Olasewere’s record of 130 games played. Boyd has played in 104 games thus far and if he stays healthy and plays in every game next season, that record will be his.

Boyd and junior point guard Jason Brickman will return next season for their senior years and will be the two returnees from this season’s starting lineup.

UPDATE: Here is the official release from LIU Brooklyn Department of Athletics regarding Boyd’s sixth year of eligibility.

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