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LIU-Brooklyn’s Julian Boyd granted sixth year of eligibility

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Julian Boyd will be back at LIU-Brooklyn next season after the NCAA granted him a sixth year of eligibility.

The school released a statement Tuesday afternoon confirming the news.

“I am thrilled with the news of Julian being awarded a sixth year of eligibility,” head men’s basketball coach Jack Perri said in the release. “He has been through more adversity due to circumstances that were out of control than anyone I have been around, and it would have been a shame to have his collegiate career end prematurely.”

Boyd, 6-7, 230 pounds, was on pace to possibly take home a second-straight Northeast Conference Player of the Year award, but tore his ACL in a 97-70 victory over Rice, the eighth game of the season for the Blackbirds. There were some questions as to whether Boyd had played too many games to be eligible for the medical hardship. The NCAA sided with Boyd, fortunately.

Through those eight games, Boyd was averaging 18.5 points and 6.1 rebounds per games. He missed the 2010-11 season with a heart condition.

A San Antonio, Texas native, Boyd averaged 17.4 points and 9.3 rebounds during the 2011-12 season, helping LIU-Brooklyn to their second straight NEC tournament championship and NCAA Tournament appearance. The program still reached the NCAA Tournament without Boyd last season and has made three straight overall by way of three straight NEC tournament titles.

Boyd will be the focal point of the roster next season, with 2012-13 NEC Player of the Year Jamal Olasewere (18.9 points, 8.6 rebounds, 51.5-percent shooting) and C.J. Garner (16.1 points, 4.1 rebounds, 44.3-percent from three) exhausting their eligibility. Players like point guard Jason Brickman (9.5 points, 8.5 assists per game), and Brandon Thompson (8.1 points, 3.1 rebounds) return.

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Florida Gulf Coast’s Demetris Morant out 3-4 months

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Florida Gulf Coast redshirt junior forward Demetris Morant is expected to miss the next 3-4 months after undergoing surgery last week to repair a stress fracture in his right shin, the school announced on Tuesday.

The 6-foot-9 forward averaged 4.5 points, 4.4 blocks and 1.3 blocks per game in 33 appearances (18 starts) for the Eagles during the 2014-15 season.

“This is obviously an unfortunate setback for Demetris, but it was a procedure that needed to be done,” Florida Gulf Coast head coach Dooley said in a statement. “We decided it would be best to have it completed now to hopefully get him back for A-Sun play. It’s an opportunity now for other guys to step up in his absence, and I have confidence they’ll get the job done.”

The Eagles have the top frontline in the Atlantic Sun, one that returns Marc-Eddy Norelia and Filip Cvjeticanin, a 3-point shooter who missed all of last season recovering from back surgery. VCU transfer Antravious Simmons becomes eligible in the second semester.

Florida Gulf Coast begins the 2015-16 season on Nov. 14 against Ohio.

Bill Self on Cheick Diallo: ‘It may be a couple of more weeks’

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Cheick Diallo is currently practicing with Kansas, but his eligibility still remains in question.

On Monday, Kansas head coach Bill Self appeared on “The Border Patrol” on WHB-AM 810 and was asked to update the status of his freshman big man.

“He’s been cleared to practice,” Self told hosts Steven St. John and Nate Bukaty. “(His status) is depending on what they find throughout from the information we submit to them whenever we get it all together.

“A lot of people think, ‘Well, why wouldn’t it all be together?’ Well there’s a lot of reasons why. It’s because they told us recently some things that they just wanted. Instead of just throwing it to them piece by piece, they requested we to just submit it all together, so it may be a couple of more weeks before we’re able to submit everything when you’re talking about getting information from schools in Mali and everything like that.

“But we hope in two weeks, maybe three weeks, before we have a definite answer. But right now, Cheick is like everybody else. He’s practicing.”

Diallo, a 6-foot-9 forward from Mali is allowed to practice with the Jayhawks, but has been waiting to be cleared by the NCAA Eligibility Center despite enrolling in classes over the summer and earning six credits. Self anticipated this would be a long process, but has remained confident Diallo, the top-5 recruit in Class of 2015, will eventually be cleared to play this season.

For three years, Diallo attended Our Savior New American School in Centereach, New York, which is currently under NCAA review. In September, Pitt freshman Damon Wilson, Diallo’s teammate at OSNA, was cleared to play.

Kansas opens the season on Nov. 13 against Northern Colorado.