Posted: 4:50 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013
By Adam Hermann
The once-promising career of LIU-Brooklyn forward Julian Boyd is starting to look more and more like it has turned a corner into the cursed.
This past December, Boyd tore his ACL in a 97-70 victory over Rice, ending what had begun as an extremely productive season for the 6'7" Blackbird.
Now, this afternoon, CBS Sports's Jon Rothstein broke the news via Twitter that Boyd apparently re-tore his ACL over the summer:
BREAKING --- LIU's Julian Boyd re-tore his ACL over the summer, per a source. Best case for a possible return is January.— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) September 4, 2013
Boyd will be missed in LIU's frontcourt this fall; after winning the NEC title last year and advancing to a play-in game against James Madison, the Blackbirds were hoping to mount a repeat campaign as they retained their two best players, Boyd rising senior forward Jamal Olasewere.
Before his injury in December, Boyd was averaging 18.5 points and 6.1 rebounds per game. A silver lining for LIU in losing that scoring prowess is that Olasewere's production will be able to mitigate some of Boyd's absence -- Olasewere averaged 18.9 points and 8.6 rebounds last season to lead the Blackbirds.
But their chance of having a conference-dominating tandem in the paint will now have to wait until at least January to see the court.