When Jim Ferry left Long Island to pursue the head coaching position at Duquesne this past off-season, Jack Perri inherited a roster loaded with talent.
The Blackbirds have qualified for back-to-back NCAA Tournaments out of the Northeast Conference and once again have the talent to dance this season.
However, reports surfaced on Friday morning that four LIU players were arrested last week for their role in an on-campus fight. Among those listed included Julian Boyd, Jamal Olasewere, C.J. Garner, and Troy Joseph.
Each of the players involved have been suspended from the school for the near future, although their is no set date or other details in relation.
Boyd, is the defending NEC Player of the Year, averaging 17.4 points and 9.3 rebounds per game last season for a squad that won 25 games. Olasewere was second on the team in each category, finishing the 2011-12 season averaging 16.9 points and 7.5 points.
Garner averaged 12.6 points and 3.3 assists per game, ranking third on the team offensively.
The losses for the Blackbirds will not only impact their future, but could be potentially devastating for a squad in search of their third consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance.
Collectively, Boyd, Olasewere and Garner averaged 46.9 points a season ago. Without them, LIU will face considerable uncertainty in 2012-13. It remains unclear what suspensions and punishments will facilitate from their arrests.
“LIU Brooklyn has suspended indefinitely four members of its men’s basketball team for their involvement in a Sept. 14 altercation on campus. No other student-athletes were implicated in this incident. Until all legal and appeals processes have been completed, we will not comment further on this matter,” athletic director John Suarez said in a statement just after 11:00am on Friday.
Brooklyn News 12‘s Pat O’Keefe first broke the news via Twitter on Thursday evening.
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