Troy Joseph will not return to LIU Brooklyn

Troy Joseph will not return to LIU Brooklyn for the 2014-15 season as he transfers to McMaster University in his home country of Canada. (Photo Credit: Bob Dea)

One of the big question marks of the off season for the LIU Brooklyn men’s basketball team has been answered today.

Since the season ended last March, it was a question whether or not would-be fifth-year senior Troy Joseph would return back to Brooklyn for his final season of eligibiliity. Today, we learned officially that he will not be back.

Today, McMaster University, which is a school in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada that plays in the CIS, announced that Joseph will play his final two years of eligibility at the school.

This announcement doesn’t come as a major surprise. Joseph gutted out playing last season with a bad shoulder and knee issues. He averaged 6.9 ppg and 4.4 rpg while playing in all 29 games and getting 26.6 minutes per game of playing time. He earned his bachelor’s degree from LIU this past May.

Joseph had to deal with injury throughout his entire career at LIU Brooklyn. He redshirted his first season in 2010-11 after having microfracture knee surgery on his knee and his slow recovery caused him to miss the entire 2011-12 season as well.

He returned to the court in 2012-13 to play in 29 games and averaged 3.2 ppg and 2.0 rpg coming off the bench in helping to lead LIU Brooklyn to their third of three straight NEC championships.

Last season, Joseph started 23 games and had a pretty solid season considering he was dealing with injuries all season long. He had a 16 points and 6 rebounds performance at Indiana as well a 18 points and 6 rebounds game at Mount St. Mary’s. He also grabbed 12 rebounds to go along with 8 points in a loss at Lehigh.

Joseph leaves LIU as the final member with three rings from their three consective NEC championship run. The only remaining LIU player with a NEC championship ring is senior guard Gerrell Martin. He has two rings.

He becomes the third player from last season’s LIU Brooklyn team to transfer, joining E.J. Reed and D.J.Griggs.

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