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Forward Jake O’Brien reportedly will transfer from BU

07.12.12 at 8:16 am ET
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Forward Jake O’Brien, who has one year of eligibility remaining, will transfer from Boston University, according to a tweet from CBSSports’ Jeff Goodman.

Because O’Brien has finished his undergraduate studies, the 6-foot-8 Weymouth native would be eligible to play immediately as his new school as a graduate student.

O’Brien, who has missed the last 1½ seasons with a broken foot that required two surgeries, reportedly wants to play for a team that has a chance to appear in the NCAA tournament. BU has been barred from participating in the 2013 America East tournament after announcing its decision to leave the conference next year for the Patriot League, making it highly unlikely the Terriers would have a shot at the NCAAs (their only hope would be at-large bid).

O’Brien, a 6-foot-9, 220-pounder who prepped at BC High, was the America East Rookie of the Year as a freshman, when he averaged 12.5 points and 4.6 rebounds. He was a third-team all-conference player as a sophomore after averaging 13.8 points and 6.4 boards. He averaged 11.6 points and 5.8 rebounds through 14 games as a junior before a broken navicular bone in his foot forced him the sideline.

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