Troy Joseph transfers to a Canadian college
Troy Joseph, who was a member of all three teams during the Blackbird’s three-peat, will not return to LIU Brooklyn this season and has instead transferred to McMaster University in Canada for the final three years of his college career, McMaster University announced on Wednesday.
“I had a great four-year experience in New York City and met a lot of people I won’t ever forget, but playing close to home with people I know has always been something I’ve thought about but never thought I’d have the opportunity to do,” said Joseph. “Knowing a few of the guys makes it a lot easier for me to adapt to their culture and style of play.”
“We’re ecstatic about the addition of Troy to our basketball family,” McMaster head coach Amos Connolly added. “It’s very rare to have a major-minute D-1 player, who is also a solid student, come back with three years of eligibility remaining.”
Despite the fact that Joseph was technically a member of all three of the recent championship teams and finished up his bachelor’s degree last May, he really only played in two seasons at LIU Brooklyn due to injuries. So it appears that as a grad student, he’ll have three years of eligibility with McMaster, which is a Canadian school that plays in the Canadian Interuniversity Sport league (CIS) and not NCAA.
The move is a big surprise as Joseph dealt with injuries, including a bad shoulder and knee, but he had previously expressed interest in staying for his master’s degree. This gives him some extra eligibility and allows him to play ball closer to home.
“Once I graduated and figured out exactly what I wanted to pursue, I started weighing the pros and cons between returning to Long Island for grad school and transferring to McMaster,” Joseph said. “I was already very familiar with the university’s culture and reputability and (Marauder) Aaron Redpath did a good job in showing me what McMaster has to offer.”
In two plus seasons in Brooklyn, Joseph averaged 10.4 points and 6.6 rebounds per 40 minutes. Last year, he averaged 6.9 points and 4.4 rebounds per game with a 35.7 shooting percentage in 26.6 minutes a night. His best games included a 16 point, six rebound performance against Indiana and a 18 point, six rebound game against Mount St. Mary’s.
As Troy Joseph transfers, and E.J. Reed and D.J. Griggs also gone, Gerrell Martin is the lone player remaining on the Blackbirds that was apart of the three-peat.