Julian Boyd signs his first pro deal with Finnish team Porvoon Tarmo, completes comeback

Former LIU star Julian Boyd will return to the basketball court next season playing professionally in Finland after a multitude of setbacks. (Photo: Bob Dea)

This is one feel good story that would make anyone’s day. Former NEC Player of the Year and three-time NEC champion, forward Julian Boyd has completed his comeback from three ACL injuries to sign with Porvoon Tarmo in Finland.

Porvoon Tarmo is a team that plays in the Finnish First Division which actually their second-tier pro league.

The story here is of Boyd’s preservence and determination to continue his basketball career after multiple setbacks during his days at LIU which nearly ended his playing career.

After learning of his third knee tear which ended his LIU career, I wrote about what Boyd meant to the resurgence of the LIU Brooklyn program and how his arrival helped shape the beginning of the 2011-2013 championship era.

Boyd who is a former NEC Rookie of the Year (2009) and NEC Player of the Year (2012) and two-time All-NEC first team selection, averaged 14.1 points and 8.1 rebounds while shooting 53.4% from the field and 34.4% from three in his 104 career games at LIU Brooklyn.

Boyd’s setback during his LIU career is well-documented. After his freshman season, Boyd was diagnosed with a heart condition known as noncompaction cardiomyopathy and sat out the 2009-10 season while waiting to find out if he could resume his playing career.

Boyd then suffered another setback when he tore his ACL & meniscus back on December 12, 2012 in a game at Rice. He would miss the rest of the 2012-13 season. He would later be granted a sixth-year of eligibility but that summer, Boyd re-injured his knee once again and would be out until January. Then in December, right before his planned return, Boyd re-injured his knee a third time ending his college career at LIU.

Boyd has spent the last year and half rehabbing his knee to get it back to full strength so he can have an opportunity to play professionally. In May, Boyd returned to the NYC-area from his native San Antonio to play in the Gotham Hoops Invitational where he played with former LIU teammates Jamal Olasewere, Troy Joseph, Gerrell Martin and Landon Atterberry.

Boyd will begin suiting up for his new Finnish team in October when their season begins. We here at BHJ wish him lots of luck next season and congratulate him on continuing his hoops career.

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